Former presidents and lawmakers react to the death of former President George H.W. Bush

Photo: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation via MGN Online

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group)/AP - Former Presidents and lawmakers are reacting to the death of former President George H.W. Bush. He was the 41st president of the United States at died at the age of 94.

President Donald Trump said he and Melania joining the nation in grieving Bush's death. He added that the former president "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to join public service."

In a statement, the Trumps praise Bush for his "sound judgment, common sense and unflappable leadership." They also praised the former president for guiding the nation and the world to a "peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War."

The statement was issued while the Trumps are in Buenos Aires, Argentine for the Group of 20 summit.

The office of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama said Bush's life was "a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey."

The Obamas credited him with "expanding America's promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities. Reducing the scourge of nuclear weapons and building a broad international coalition to expel a dictator from Kuwait. And when democratic revolutions bloomed across Eastern Europe, it was his steady, diplomatic hand that made possible an achievement once thought anything but - ending the Cold War without firing a shot."

They said: "It's a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he'd want all of us to try."

Former President George W. Bush, son of President H.W. Bush issued a statement saying "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."

Former President Bill Clinton is remembering George H.W. Bush for his "great long life of service, love and friendship."

In a statement issued early Saturday, Clinton said he would be "forever grateful" for the friendship he formed with the man he turned out of the White House after one term.

Clinton, who defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election, says he was always struck by Bush's "innate and genuine decency" and by his devotion to his wife Barbara and his family.

Clinton says Bush's extensive record of public service was rare, with his years in the military, in Congress, the United Nations, China, the CIA and as vice president and president.

Clinton adds that Bush never stopped serving even after leaving office, working on tsunami relief in Asia and within the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina.

His son, Jeb tweeted about the president's support for the U.S. military and that his leadership taught kindness.

In a touching tweet, his grandson George P. Bush called him the greatest man he had ever known with a picture of the two in the White House Rose Garden.

Former Vice President Al Gore said Bush served the nation with "extraordinary integrity and grace."

Brent Scowcroft, the national security adviser during George H.W. Bush's presidency, said "The world has lost a great leader" and "this country has lost one of its best."

Scowcroft said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" at losing a man a man he called "one of my dearest friends."

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said "Hhistory will be very kind to an effective, wise and dignified leader."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state joins the nation in mourning "the passing of one of our greatest Presidents."

In a brief statement, the Republican said "George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon. He was a friend to all he met. He embodied class and dignity." Abbott added that "Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss."


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