We send our well wishes to the Bush family today as the country mourns the loss of President George H.W. Bush.
He knew that to be a public servant one had to be willing to fight for America in every aspect from the front lines to the offices in Washington. He dedicated his young adult years to enlisting in the Navy and continued on to serving in the House, working in the UN, and running the CIA, among other things. He is one of the most qualified Presidents we have had, and America will miss his wisdom and knowledge in the future. He stood up for what he believed in while also being cordial and respectful and maintaining the idea that we can disagree while still remaining Americans.
President Bush embodied the respect and professionalism necessary in the White House. In the end of his term, he sent this letter to incoming President Bill Clinton:
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
Despite the fact that his successor was of a different political party, President Bush knew that in the end, we are all trying to do what we think is best for the country. We may be on opposing sides in a debate, but after the session is called we are all Americans at heart and in intentions. We will miss his level head and wisdom. Thank you.