We have a lot to learn from Bush legacy

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SUNDAY REVIEW -


Last week was an in­ter­est­ing one for the world. Which­ever way some peo­ple may want to look at it or even what others may in­ter­pret from events that have been hap­pen­ing in re­cent times, it would not be quite right to as­sume that the role of Amer­ica in the his­tory of the world and what hap­pens glob­ally can be taken for granted. On Wednes­day last week the life of the 41st Pres­i­dent of the United

States George H.W. Bush was cel­e­brated at the Na­tional Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton DC. I watched the event and it was truly mov­ing.

In that cel­e­bra­tion there were many peo­ple. I saw for­mer Pres­i­dents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clin­ton, Barack Obama and their wives. Later, the cur­rent US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his wife Me­la­nia ar­rived. Even though I pre­vi­ously did not know very much about George H.W. Bush, the event at the Na­tional Cathe­dral, and what I have been hear­ing since his demise, have made me feel like I was Amer­i­can. In­ci­den­tally if I was, I would be­long to the Demo­cratic Party go­ing by the de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try.

Since I am not, and when I lis­ten to the story of George H.W. Bush, I sus­pend my choice of an Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal party and ac­cept the fact that Bush was about coun­try and about peo­ple and not about him­self.

He comes out as a great hu­man be­ing be­sides be­ing a good Pres­i­dent. Quite ob­vi­ously he was not about his party but about Amer­ica.

He was Pres­i­dent for only four years but he achieved so much even with a Con­gress that was dom­i­nated by the Democrats just as was the Se­nate. In­ci­den­tally that bi­par­ti­san ap­proach is the un­der­stand­ing many of us who ac­cept Amer­ica as a world leader have al­ways had un­til the com­ing of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In my view, that Bush cel­e­bra­tion was about legacy. Quite ob­vi­ously the late Pres­i­dent left a great legacy to his fam­ily and also to Amer­ica. He comes out as hav­ing been a great pub­lic ser­vant, a great par­ent, a great friend, a man who un­der­stood diplo­matic lead­er­ship and a man who loved Amer­ica.

Those of us who fol­lowed the Amer­i­can elec­tions in 2016 re­mem­ber the things the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of Amer­ica said about the Bush fam­ily. That Bush ac­cepted that the cur­rent Pres­i­dent should be in­vited to his funeral, in spite of every­thing, says a lot about his re­spect for in­sti­tu­tions.

Some­times I won­der whether those of us who get into na­tional lead­er­ship are able to learn from lead­ers like George H.W. Bush for he was a real role model.

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