Ok­la­homans re­act to death of for­mer pres­i­dent

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - BY JOSH WAL­LACE Staff Writer jwal­[email protected]­la­homan.com

Cur­rent and for­mer of­fice­hold­ers across Ok­la­homa mourned the death of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush on Sat­ur­day, with some shar­ing sto­ries of their ser­vice and friend­ship.

Sen. Jim In­hofe, R-Tulsa: “Ge­orge H.W. Bush loved this coun­try and served it tire­lessly and with a pas­sion. As a naval avi­a­tor, an am­bas­sador, di­rec­tor of the CIA, and as pres­i­dent of these great United States, Ge­orge Bush put ser­vice to his na­tion and love for his fam­ily above all else. Kay and I have known the Bush fam­ily for a long time—dat­ing back to their time in the Texas oil in­dus­try, trav­el­ing back and forth to Tulsa—and he was al­ways a de­voted hus­band and lov­ing fa­ther. We were friends be­fore we were in pol­i­tics, and I am grate­ful for his friend­ship.

“Kay and I are pray­ing for the en­tire Bush fam­ily as the na­tion mourns and hon­ors one of Amer­ica’s most loyal sons.”

Sen. James Lank­ford, R-Ok­la­homa City: “Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H W Bush was an Amer­i­can hero. He served our coun­try in WWII and as the 41st pres­i­dent. Most of all, he was known for the love he had for his wife and fam­ily. Cindy and I pray for the Bush fam­ily as they grieve their loss.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: “I am deeply sad­dened by the pass­ing of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush. He was an in­spi­ra­tional Amer­i­can fig­ure and prin­ci­pled leader, who de­voted his life to pub­lic ser­vice and ben­e­fit­ing the greater good. He was not de­fined by his pol­i­tics but al­ways by com­pas­sion for oth­ers and love of our great na­tion.

“As a Repub­li­can State Chair­man, the NRCC’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and a GOP po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant, I in­ter­acted with Ge­orge H.W. Bush on many oc­ca­sions dur­ing the 1980s and 90s. I found him to be in­vari­ably thought­ful, sub­stan­tive, mod­est and po­lite. Pres­i­dent Bush al­ways cared about oth­ers more than him­self. He was the most grounded and least ego­tis­ti­cal politi­cian I ever met. His sheer de­cency and pro­found wis­dom were of­ten over­looked be­cause he re­fused to boast about his many per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal ac­com­plish­ments. Pres­i­dent Bush per­son­i­fied the virtues of the so called ‘great­est gen­er­a­tion’ that won the Sec­ond World War and turned Amer­ica into an eco­nomic pow­er­house and a bea­con of free­dom that was the envy and hope of the world.

“Along with Ron­ald Rea­gan, Ge­orge H.W. Bush led Amer­ica to vic­tory in the Cold War, con­sign­ing the old Soviet Union to the ash heap of his­tory. When he de­parted of­fice, he left the world at peace and Amer­ica as the globe’s only and un­con­tested su­per­power. It was an amaz­ing achieve­ment that was un­ap­pre­ci­ated at the time.

“His legacy ex­tends far beyond any of­fice or po­si­tion he held. First and fore­most, he was a fam­ily man. Ge­orge H.W. Bush was a de­voted hus­band, beloved fa­ther and adored grand­fa­ther. My thoughts and prayers are with the en­tire Bush fam­ily as they mourn this in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult loss.”

U.S. Rep. Frank Lu­cas, R-Cheyenne: “The first time I met Ge­orge H.W.. Bush he was Vice Pres­i­dent of the United States and in the early stages of his suc­cess­ful run for Pres­i­dent in 1988. I noted that day, that though he was a man of wealth from a very old sta­bi­lized east coast fam­ily, he wore a sim­ple Timex watch and doo­dled pat­terns with a pen­cil on a piece of pa­per as he dis­cussed ev­ery pos­si­ble is­sue that could mat­ter to a group of Ok­la­homans. I left that meet­ing im­pressed with him as a per­son and a knowl­edge­able leader.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Rus­sell, R-Choctaw: "Ge­orge H.W. Bush served our coun­try in a ca­pac­ity few hu­man be­ings can ever claim: war­rior, law­maker, am­bas­sador, In­tel­li­gence Chief, Vice Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent. His en­tire life em­bod­ied giv­ing of him­self. We have not only lost a for­mer pres­i­dent, but a premier ex­am­ple of what ser­vice re­ally means.”

U.S. Rep. Mark­wayne Mullin, R-Westville: "Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush was a ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vant, out­stand­ing states­men, brave leader of the free world, and above all: a loyal hus­band and fa­ther. Our prayers are with all of the Bush fam­ily to­day. Rest In Peace, 41."

On Sat­ur­day, Gov. Mary Fallin di­rected all Amer­i­can and Ok­la­homa flags on state prop­erty be flown at half-staff for 30 days from the time of Bush's death.

Gov. Mary Fallin: "For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush will al­ways have my re­spect for his ser­vice, char­ac­ter, and love for his wife, Bar­bara, and their fam­ily. As our 41st pres­i­dent, he vowed to lead a ‘kinder, gen­tler na­tion.’ He treated peo­ple fairly, re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal party."

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt: "Pres­i­dent Bush said it best when he said, 'any def­i­ni­tion of a suc­cess­ful life must in­clude ser­vice to oth­ers.' To­day, we mourn the death of one of Amer­ica's great­est pub­lic ser­vants — a man who was the epit­ome of lead­er­ship and char­ac­ter."

Ok­la­homa At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mike Hunter: "Pres. Ge­orge H.W. Bush was an icon, who will be re­mem­bered for his decades of pub­lic ser­vice. He was a mil­i­tary hero & cham­pion of many causes. His lead­er­ship has left a pos­i­tive, last­ing im­pact on our coun­try that we should all be grate­ful for."

NASA Ad­min­is­tra­tor and for­mer U.S. Rep., Jim Bri­den­s­tine: “Pres­i­dent Bush is a per­sonal hero of mine and a ma­jor in­spi­ra­tion in my life. I re­mem­ber like yes­ter­day watch­ing the 1992 Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion, learn­ing of his life of sac­ri­fice, and hear­ing his whim­si­cal mem­o­ries of ‘sit­ting on an air­craft car­rier, look­ing at the stars, and dream­ing about a girl named Bar­bara.’ From be­ing the Navy’s youngest fighter pilot in World War II and be­ing shot down, to his years of pub­lic ser­vice in Congress, the State Depart­ment, CIA, Vice Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent, there was noth­ing he wouldn’t give for our coun­try and her peo­ple."

For­mer U.S. Sen. David L. Boren: “Ge­orge Bush was a de­cent and car­ing man. As a leader, he al­ways sought to put the good of the coun­try ahead of him­self. He deeply loved Amer­ica and its peo­ple. His pub­lic ser­vice stands as an ex­am­ple for all of us of the spirit and val­ues we des­per­ately need in our po­lit­i­cal life in this coun­try. I will miss him greatly as a per­sonal friend.”

State Rep. Mike Sanders: “Nel­lie and I were so sad­dened to hear of the death of Pres­i­dent Bush. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his son, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, and his en­tire fam­ily. The na­tion lost a true light and cham­pion for con­ser­va­tive val­ues and ci­vil­ity.”

State Sen. Greg McCort­ney: "H.W. Bush and Bar­bara were, in so many ways, role mod­els for what pub­lic ser­vice and fam­ily should look like. God bless their fam­ily and all of us who have the chance to re­mem­ber their ex­am­ple."

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