So long, Mr. Pres­i­dent

The Olympian - - Opinion -

The or­gans and prin­ci­pals of the state gave a re­spect­ful farewell this week to Ge­orge H.W. Bush, our na­tion’s 41st pres­i­dent, and most of the re­flec­tions of­fered of the man couldn’t help but stand in con­trast to the state of the pres­i­dent to­day. Some of the cov­er­age was more pointed than oth­ers, but Bush clearly had two at­tributes that de­fined him: Per­sonal courage for a cause larger than him­self — he put his own life in ex­treme peril dur­ing World War II as a pi­lot at­tack­ing a heav­ily for­ti­fied ra­dio tower on the is­land of Chichi Jima — and he demon­strated a will­ing­ness to find com­mon cause with oth­ers. He had his flaws, but he was pres­i­den­tial and for that he should be com­mended.

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