Lead­ers praise na­tion’s 41st pres­i­dent

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - News -

Praise for for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, who died Fri­day:

(He) “was a man of the high­est char­ac­ter. 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 Ge­orge W. Bush

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“Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s life is a tes­ta­ment to the no­tion that pub­lic ser­vice is a no­ble, joy­ous call­ing. And he did tremen­dous good along the jour­ney.” – For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

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“The legacy of Ge­orge H.W. Bush will be for­ever etched in the his­tory of Amer­ica and the world. It is a life­long record of self­less pa­tri­otic ser­vice to our na­tion.” – James A. Baker III, sec­re­tary of state in the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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“I will be for­ever grate­ful for the friend­ship we formed. 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.” – For­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

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“The world has lost a great leader; this coun­try has lost one of its best; and I have lost one of my dear­est friends. I am heart­bro­ken.” – Brent Scowcroft, Bush’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

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(Ge­orge H.W. Bush) tried to “cre­ate a new in­ter­na­tional or­der based on jus­tice and equal­ity among na­tions” … he never “for­got the Kuwaiti peo­ple and will re­main in their mem­ory.” – Kuwait’s rul­ing emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ah­mad Al Sabah

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“I will never for­get Ge­orge H.W. Bush and Pres­i­dent Clin­ton meet­ing me in my old home­town of New Or­leans to show sup­port and raise money af­ter Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina. I send my love to his fam­ily tonight.” – Ellen De­Generes, via Twit­ter

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“It was a time of great change, de­mand­ing great re­spon­si­bil­ity from ev­ery­one. The re­sult was the end of the Cold War and nu­clear arms race. (My wife, Raisa, and I) deeply ap­pre­ci­ated the at­ten­tion, kind­ness and sim­plic­ity typ­i­cal of Ge­orge and Bar­bara Bush, as well as the rest of their large, friendly fam­ily.” – For­mer Soviet premier Mikhail Gor­bachev

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“He was in fact the first Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent that I was priv­i­leged to meet. I re­call be­ing deeply touched by your fa­ther’s con­cern for the Ti­betan peo­ple and the sit­u­a­tion in Ti­bet. It is truly ad­mirable to have lived over 94 years. While noth­ing can re­place the loss of a fa­ther, we can re­joice in the fact that his was a mean­ing­ful life, ded­i­cated to pub­lic ser­vice. I com­mend your par­ents for en­cour­ag­ing their chil­dren, in­clud­ing you my dear friend, to de­vote your­selves to the ser­vice of oth­ers.” – Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader, the Dalai Lama

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