NC lead­ers re­mem­ber Bush as a states­man with in­tegrity, honor.

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY JOE JOHN­SON jjohn­[email protected]­ald­sun.com

North Carolina lead­ers are re­mem­ber­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush fol­low­ing his death Fri­day night.

Gov. Roy Cooper or­dered flags low­ered to half-staff at state fa­cil­i­ties in honor of the pass­ing of the na­tion’s 41st pres­i­dent. Bush was 94.

“Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush was a true states­man ded­i­cated to serv­ing the coun­try he loved and lead­ing the charge for a more com­pas­sion­ate and united world,” Cooper said in a state­ment. “We are grate­ful for his com­mit­ment to pa­tri­o­tism and pub­lic ser­vice. May his legacy in­spire all of us to work to­ward a kinder and gen­tler na­tion, and may our thoughts and prayers bring com­fort to his fam­ily.”

U.S. Sen. Thom Til­lis said Bush was in­stru­men­tal in end­ing the Cold War.

“Ge­orge H.W. Bush will be long remembered for ded­i­cat­ing his life to pro­tect­ing and bet­ter­ing the coun­try he loved,” Til­lis said in a state­ment. “From his heroic ser­vice as a Navy pi­lot dur­ing World War II, to his steady lead­er­ship as Pres­i­dent and play­ing a piv­otal role to end the Cold War, he al­ways made the tough de­ci­sions and put the na­tion’s in­ter­ests first.”

Con­gress­man David Price said Bush was an ef­fec­tive leader for our na­tion by reach­ing across party lines de­spite serv­ing just one term as pres­i­dent.

“We mourn the death of Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush,” Price said. “He was a skilled diplo­mat and cham­pion of Amer­i­can al­liances, co-ar­chi­tect of a ma­jor bud­get agree­ment that im­proved our fis­cal fu­ture, and one of the most ef­fec­tive mod­ern pres­i­dents in work­ing with both par­ties in the Con­gress.”

Con­gress­man Ge­orge Hold­ing said Bush was ad­mired for his life of ser­vice to the United States. Bush was a Navy pi­lot in World War II. Later he was elected to Con­gress. He also led the CIA be­fore serv­ing as Ron­ald Rea­gan’s vice pres­i­dent.

“Pres­i­dent Bush was a man of un­im­peach­able char­ac­ter and in­tegrity whose de­cency and kind­ness earned him the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion of the na­tion he served,” Hold­ing said. “He was a ded­i­cated hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, and great­grand­fa­ther whose love for his coun­try was sur­passed only by his love for his fam­ily.”

Con­gress­man G.K. But­ter­field of­fered his con­do­lences on so­cial me­dia.

“I join the coun­try in mourn­ing the loss of Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush,” he said in a tweet. “He led a life of pub­lic ser­vice with dig­nity, honor, and re­spect. Prayers to the Bush fam­ily as we re­flect on a life well lived.”

NC GOP chair­man Robin Hayes said Bush was a man of char­ac­ter and honor.

“Tonight we lost a great man — a man of honor and char­ac­ter,” Hayes said. “We are send­ing prayers to the en­tire Bush fam­ily. Well done thy good and faith­ful ser­vant.”

UNC Sys­tem Pres­i­dent and for­mer U.S. Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Mar­garet Spellings called Bush a great states­man and a friend.

“Pres­i­dent H. W. Bush was a leader of the high­est moral char­ac­ter, who ded­i­cated his life to ful­fill­ing his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and du­ties to his coun­try and fam­ily,” Spellings said. “As a states­man, a diplo­mat, and a man of honor, he stands with­out peer.”

Bush, who served one term from 1989-1993, was pre­ceded in death ear­lier this year by his wife, Bar­bara.

ETHAN HY­MAN ehy­[email protected]­sob­server.com

For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush ac­knowl­edges the crowd of N.C. State’s game against Duke at Cameron In­door Sta­dium in Durham, N.C., on Jan. 18, 2014.

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