Focus on 41
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
Former president George H.W. Bush in 2009 and President Trump last month.