Tributes flowed for George H.W. Bush after the 41st US president died at his home in Houston on Friday. He was 94.
“President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher,” President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump said in a statement on Saturday, acknowledging that they “join with a grieving nation”.
The former congressman from Texas, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, inspired generations of fellow Americans to public service and to illuminate “the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world,” the Trumps said. “His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause.”
Tributes flowed on social media and in Washington for the man who was the longest-living president in American history. President Bush used a wheelchair in recent years after being diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease.
Here are some of the other people who paid tribute to Bush:
George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. 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
America has lost a patriot and humble servant
Few Americans have been – or will ever be – able to match President Bush’s record of service to the United States and the joy he took every day from it; from his military service in World War II, to his work in Congress, the United Nations, China, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Vice-Presidency and the Presidency, where he worked to move the post cold war world towards greater unity, peace, and freedom
At each stage of his remarkable career, the president worked side by side with his friends, colleagues and counterparts in the United Kingdom. Today Britain remembers a great statesman and a true friend of our country
President Bush was the embodiment of the values of the United States, standing up for what was right and fighting throughout his life for freedom from tyranny and oppression in any guise. He was a true friend to Australia
We have lost a great American. Service defined President George H.W. Bush’s life, and he taught all of us about leadership, sacrifice and decency. We send our deepest sympathies to the Bush family
I have often told my children, ‘if you want a role model in your life, look to President George Herbert Walker Bush.’ The world mourns the loss of a great American. But it also celebrates a life well lived
The world has lost a great leader; this country has lost one of its best; and I have lost one of my dearest friends. I am heartbroken
Texans are genuinely honoured that he (Bush) called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss
(George H.W. Bush) tried to create a new international order based on justice and equality among nations ... he never forgot the Kuwaiti people and will remain in their memory
Remembering President George H.W. Bush and the Americans With Disabilities Act. Millions of us with disabilities and who are deaf or HOH (hard of hearing) have had our lives changed for the better as a result of his signing this landmark legislation. My condolences to his entire family RIP #georgehwbush
President George H.W. Bush was the real deal. We fought but he was gracious enough to accept my apology. Through his daughter Dorothy, my friends Ron Kaufman and Mary Matalin, I got to know him. Rest in Peace #georgehwbush
I will never forget George H.W. Bush and President Clinton meeting me in my old hometown of New Orleans to show support and raise money after Hurricane Katrina. I send my love to his family tonight
As an American envoy to Beijing, as CIA Director, as Vice President for eight years and then four years as President, George H.W. Bush’s statesmanship played a key role in helping to end the Cold War, which bought democracy to millions of people in Europe and diminished the threat of nuclear war. George H.W. Bush was a strong supporter of the international rules-based system, the rule of law and democratic values
It was a time of great change, demanding great responsibility from everyone. The result was the end of the Cold War and nuclear arms race. (My wife, Raisa, and I) ”deeply appreciated the attention, kindness and simplicity typical of George and Barbara Bush, as well as the rest of their large, friendly family
He was in fact the first American President that I was privileged to meet. I recall being deeply touched by your father’s concern for the Tibetan people and the situation in Tibet. It is truly admirable to have lived over 94 years. While nothing can replace the loss of a father, we can rejoice in the fact that his was a meaningful life, dedicated to public service. I commend your parents for encouraging their children, including you my dear friend, to devote yourselves to the service of others