Former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush has died and reactions are pouring in from leaders, past and present, all over the world. Condolences were led by President Trump, and former Presidents, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, after the official announcement of the passing of the Elder President Bush by his son and former POTUS, George W. Bush.
President George Herbert Walker Bush died at the age of 94 on November 30 and his son made an official statement almost immediately showering praise on his father as “a man of highest character.”
The younger Bush in his statement 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. 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 friends and fellow citizens.”
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) December 1, 2018
President Donald Trump was one of the first to share his condolences. “Melania and I join a grieving nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush. 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,” Trump said.
President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
Several other leaders and well-wishers have sent in their condolence notes especially via social media. You can view some of them below.
Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018
America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. 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. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
Fair winds and following seas, Sir. We have the watch. pic.twitter.com/hI2aGJjdKK
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) December 1, 2018
President George H.W. Bush was an American hero, a patriot and a wise and generous man. May he Rest In Peace.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 1, 2018
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 1, 2018
We have lost a great American. Service defined President George H.W. Bush’s life, and he taught all of us about leadership, sacrifice and decency. We send our deepest sympathies to the Bush family.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 1, 2018
President Bush was the oldest former President of the United States before his death, he died just 8 months after his wife’s death.