Following the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, President Trump and each of the surviving former presidents, including President Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Jimmy Carter, set aside their differences and each paid him tribute.
Trump, as Politico reports, said the elder Bush was always one to “set the bar higher.” He also commended Bush’s public service as an illumination to “the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”
In a statement with Melania Trump, the president said: “Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”
Former President Obama similarly applauded the 41st president’s charisma and complimented his military service to the country.
“America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush,” Obama tweeted. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.”
Clinton, who ran opposed to Bush and denied him a second term in office, said he appreciated the friendship the two formed. He said Bush was quick to forgive him in the political defeat and said he had a “great heart.”
“I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed,” Clinton said in a statement, per Politico. “From the moment I met him as a young governor invited to his home in Kennebunkport, I was struck by the kindness he showed to Chelsea, by his innate and genuine decency, and by his devotion to Barbara, his children, and their growing brood.”
And, “He never stopped serving. I saw it up close, working with him on tsunami relief in Asia and here at home after Hurricane Katrina. His remarkable leadership and great heart were always on full display.”
Here’s more, from Carter:
Former President Jimmy Carter said Bush’s time in office was “marked by grace, civility, and social conscience.”
“Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community volunteerism as a cherished responsibility,” Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter said in a statement.
…and George W. Bush, who served as the 43rd president:
President George W. Bush remembered his father and fellow commander-in-chief as “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.” The Bushes share with John and John Quincy Adams the distinction of being the only father-son presidential duos in the nation’s history.
In a social media post, the 43rd president said, “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
And, “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for dad, and for the condolences of our fellow citizens.”
Several members of Bush’s family also remembered him in his passing:
H/T: Washington ExaminerNote: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.