The Passing of a Great American
We all mourn the passing of George H.W. Bush, our 41st President. He served this nation with dignity and honor. A war hero and the youngest bomber pilot in WWII, he survived a crash, was rescued at sea by a submarine, and went on to be a Congressman, Ambassador to China, Director of the CIA, U.N. Ambassador, Vice President and, finally President of this great country. It has been written that no one has ever had a better resume for the office than President Bush.
The jobs he did while serving our nation were stellar. He cleaned up the CIA after it was discovered the agency was spying on Americans. He fostered growth with China, lessening tensions. He brought pride and dignity to the U.N. with his staunch support of American ideals. As President, he led us to the end of the Cold War and the war in Iraq after it invaded Kuwait. No one has done more for our country.
He lost his reelection bid to Bill Clinton. Many believe Ross Perot’s third party candidacy cost Bush the election. Others say it was his support of new taxes despite his promise not to raise them. But he reversed his campaign promise only after reaching a compromise with the Democrat controlled Congress and doing what he knew was right. He showed the kind of compromise we have not seen in decades. Ronald Reagan knew how to compromise with Tip O’Neal and Ted Kennedy. Bill Clinton knew how to compromise with Newt Gingrich. The late President Bush equally embraced compromise even when it cost him votes. In each of their presidencies, the country did better. Where is that spirit of compromise today?
If there are any politicians in Washington who are sincere in their praise of George H.W. Bush now that he has passed, let’s see if their words have any meaning by the actions they now take to, in Bush’s words, make this a kinder and gentler nation. My fear is that our leaders on both sides of the aisles and in the White House are incapable of bridging their differences and following the lessons of Reagan, Clinton, and Bush.
Rest in peace, President Bush. We already miss you.