Family and Fellow Conservatives Say Their Goodbyes to George H.W. Bush After His Life of Service

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Former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, sadly passed away on Friday at the age of 94, and his family and fellow conservatives are reacting to the tragic news.

The Bushes, already hit by their mother’s death earlier this year, expressed gratitude for their father’s life.

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” former President George W. Bush said of his father on behalf of the family.

He added:

“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.”

Bush’s death also prompted Republicans to pour out praise for the former president.

Senator-elect and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney harped on Bush’s parenting, compassion, and “resolve” which “helped bring down the Soviet Union”:

“Ann & I have been enormously blessed by President Bush’s counsel, generosity & friendship,” Romney added in another tweet.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who served in the late president’s son’s administration, released a statement describing Bush as “the last of the Greatest Generation to sit in the Oval Office”:

“Today, George and his beloved Barbara are together enjoying a well-deserved rest from their labors,” he added.

Meghan McCain, whose father former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recently died but previously ran against H.W. Bush’s son for president, remembered Bush as a “true friend to the entire McCain family”:

Republican leadership also took time to remember H.W. Bush with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell honoring Bush’s accomplishments in government:

In a joint statement with first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump similarly praised Bush and commended his character, as did Vice President Mike Pence in a separate address:

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service,” the president and first lady said.

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