President Trump made a very moving, heartfelt official statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. It pretty much says it all. Trump expressed the nation’s loss and announced that Dec. 5th will be an official day of mourning for George Bush Sr. Both the president and the first lady reflected on Bush’s “commitment to faith, family, and country.” He was 94-years-old and now joins his bride Barbara who just recently passed.
Trump praised Bush’s “essential authenticity, disarming wit” and honored his service to his country and for his service in the Navy during WWII. Bush was the 41st president. He was a devout family man and had a deep faith in God. President Trump memorialized Bush Sr. by saying, “Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.” IJR has more on the words of President Trump in this time of reflection and sadness:
The nation woke up to the news of the loss of a man who once led the country as the 41st president and who had presided over the Cold War, former President George H.W. Bush, and President Donald Trump addressed the tragedy in a heartfelt statement to the nation.
Trump, together with the U.S. first lady Melania Trump, mourned the loss of Bush, along with the rest of the country by reflecting on Bush’s “commitment to faith, family, and country” after the former president died at 10:10 p.m. on Friday at age 94 peacefully at his Houston home.
The president drew a picture of Bush’s “essential authenticity, disarming wit” and honored his service leading the country when as a U.S. naval aviator during World War II, as the 41st president from 1989 to 1993, and as a husband and father.
George H.W. Bush married Barbara Bush after coming home from war, and they have six children together. Bush’s death comes eight months after he lost his wife, who died at the age of 73 earlier this year.
“President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”
President Trump said that Bush “always found a way to set the bar higher.”
Bush was the captain of his Yale baseball team, served as the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy during World War II, became the Congressman for Texas, top U.S. ambassador in China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President for eight years under President Ronald Reagan’s administration, and 41st president of the United States.
“With sound [judgment], common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War. As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed. And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.”
President Trump explained that Bush’s legacy of a “full life of service to country” will live on, continuing to “stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause” and offered condolences to the Bush family:
“Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.”
He later addressed the former president’s passing in a touching tweet commemorating his life:
President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
First lady Melania Trump added on Twitter, along with the statement, that her “heart goes out to the entire Bush family.”
My heart goes out to the entire Bush family. https://t.co/raZ4SZQo1c
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 1, 2018
Sharing his love for his wife after she died, Bush shared that she “loved helping others and did so with a joyful heart.” A day after her funeral in April, Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital with a blood infection, which led to sepsis.
Sending our gratitude and family love on this special day to all who are helping carry forward the selfless work of one Barbara Pierce Bush. She loved helping others and did so with a joyful heart. Knowing there are so many out there who share her passion puts joy in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/ilPN2tmHIG
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 8, 2018
Speaking about his father’s death, former President George W. Bush said in a statement: “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
President Trump and the first lady will attend Bush’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the White House announced in a statement to IJR, adding that December 5 will be designated as a National Day of Mourning.