The Oasis Reporters
December 1, 2018
As the sun rises over Washington, the flag atop the White House is seen at half-staff to honor George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who died Friday at age 94 https://t.co/HlgN9i3Pxz pic.twitter.com/S5TKYmCnIT
— CNN (@CNN) December 1, 2018
Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018
When Bill Clinton entered the White House, he found a letter from the man he beat: George H.W. Bush. Notes from outgoing presidents to incoming ones are a tradition, but Bush’s letter on January 20, 1993, is a lesson on grace in defeat.
“He made us feel at home, as much as he could. Total class,” Clinton said of the letter George W. H. Bush Sr. left behind for him as was leaving the White House into retirement.
Here’s the full text of the letter:
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
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. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
Nigeria’s Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today, joins “millions around the world to mourn the passing of a rare and remarkable public servant, former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
Having served as a Congressman; a Diplomat; the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the Vice-President; and the President of the United States, President Bush embodied a rare commitment to public service at all levels — thereby leaving behind a legacy of service that inspired many around the world.
As we join the American people to mourn his passing, we also join them to celebrate his life that was well-lived in the service of his country and humanity”.