On Friday night at 10:10 p.m., the 41st president of the United States George H.W. Bush died at the age of 94. He served as president from 1989 to 1993. Just three days before he died, he was visited by former President Barack Obama who was one of his last visitors. A Bush spokesperson called it a “private visit.”
Obama issued a beautiful statement on Twitter paying tribute to George Herbert Walker Bush, saying:
‘America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.’
Some shared Obama’s sentiment on Twitter, but others were critical of Bush’s life and presidency.
Barack and Michelle Obama served the country with class and still do. The former first lady cancelled her book tour dates in Paris and Berlin in order to attend Bush’s funeral this week. Michelle Obama wrote:
‘As a public servant, father, and grandfather, President George H.W. Bush was an extraordinary example for us all. His spirit of service and decency will be missed by many, including our family. I hope his memory will be a guiding light for our country and those around the world.’
It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life. This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin. I’ve been deeply touched by the enthusiasm for my memoir, and I’m working to reschedule my trip for next year.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 2, 2018
She shared this photo on Instagram of the 41st president giving her a kiss on the cheek in the Oval Office.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter also issued statements honoring the life of George H.W. Bush as well as Mr. Trump.
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