Fo­cus on 41

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Ge­orge H.W. Bush was my fa­vorite mod­ern pres­i­dent, as he re­stored faith in the United States’ power af­ter decades of the Viet­nam War’s hang­over, shep­herded a new world or­der with­out ran­cor against our Cold War en­e­mies and im­pressed all those around him — from his Cab­i­net, his sup­port­ers and de­trac­tors to the Se­cret Ser­vice agents who shad­owed him daily — as a de­cent and hon­or­able man. Yet, three of the first four para­graphs of the Dec. 1 front-page obit­u­ary, “Ge­orge H.W. Bush dies; he led U.S. out of Cold War,” which might have hon­ored this great man and his legacy, fo­cused in­stead on Pres­i­dent Trump.

There were many rea­sons that Trump was elected in 2016. Among them was the near-con­stant, al­beit neg­a­tive, at­ten­tion given to him by the press, con­firm­ing the politi­cian’s adage “I don’t care what you say about me as long as you spell my name right.” The Post’s ob­ses­sion with Trump should not af­fect its writ­ing of his­tory and de­fine how Amer­ica mourns its fallen he­roes. Please give it a rest and let Ge­orge H.W. Bush rest in peace with our fond me­mories of him. Mike Davitt, Sil­ver Spring

As a decades-long sub­scriber to The Post, I am very much aware that this pa­per is not a fan of our cur­rent pres­i­dent. So it was no sur­prise to me that the Dec. 1 front-page obit­u­ary re­minded read­ers that for­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush con­sid­ered our cur­rent pres­i­dent a “blowhard.”

My in­ter­est was in the life of our for­mer pres­i­dent, an ex­tra­or­di­nary man, who was the old­est liv­ing pres­i­dent and the last World War II vet­eran to serve as pres­i­dent. There was no need to in­sert the “blowhard” ref­er­ence. Skip the re­minder of our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment and give the in­sult about our cur­rent pres­i­dent, de­serv­ing or not, a rest. Diane Drinkard, Spring­field

MANDEL NGAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IM­AGES

For­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush in 2009 and Pres­i­dent Trump last month.

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