12.01.18

Senator Burr on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush:

“Brooke and I are saddened to hear of the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and our prayers are with the Bush family. President Bush was the last of the Greatest Generation to serve as president, and his legacy reflects the values learned through hardship and war: integrity, humility, and honor. He wore many hats during his long career, including Congressman, Ambassador, and Vice President. He also served with distinction as Director of Central Intelligence. As president, he guided America through a pivotal moment in history at the end of the Cold War and the liberation of Eastern Europe.

“But above all he was a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. And for 73 years, he was a devoted husband to his beloved Barbara, with whom he is now reunited.

“It is a testament to President Bush’s character that history will remember not only his impressive achievements, but his many kind and compassionate words along the way. ‘Be strong, be kind, be generous of spirit, be understanding and let people know how grateful you are,’ he wrote in his diary the night he lost re-election. ‘Finish with a smile and some gusto and do what’s right and finish strong.’

“He was an example to us all, and his smile and gusto will be sorely missed.”