Today we are laying to rest one of the patrons and father-figures of our country. Our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush, helmed the head office from 1989 to 1993, and as the Vice President from 1981 – 1989 under Ronald Reagan. While the current climate of the country is more divisive than ever, Bush steered the US through the end of the Cold War and into the budding age of technology.
He valued character over pedigree and he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it. In victory, he shared credit. When he lost he shouldered the blame. He accepted that failure is a part of living a full life but taught us to never be defined by failure.
George W. Bush
We, as a Nation, have been through an amazing, and most of the time, an overwhelming amount with the Bush family. From bringing down the Berlin Wall with George Senior by Reagan’s side and “No New Taxes”, to Desert Storm and the tragedies surrounding 9/11.
The road has been paved with economic growth, scandals, and side-choosing debates. All of that seems to fade into the background when a man’s life, who led our country in prosperous and troubled times, comes to an end. We remember the fun moments, like when he became the first president to throw out a ceremonial pitch from the pitcher’s mound (not in front of it) – it may have helped that he was on two College World Series teams at Yale.
For a day, we put aside politics and policies and come together to bid farewell to a shepherd of our nation. We find moments to laugh between the tears and tell stories that bridge the gap between party lines. It’s through these snapshots of humanity that we find the real reason we’re all fighting so hard for what we believe in: hope.
When the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States: a diplomat of unmatched skill, a commander-in-chief of formidable accomplishment, and a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor.
Geroge W. Bush