Political leaders paying tribute after death of former president George H.W. Bush
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local and national leaders are paying tribute to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at the age of 94.
President Donald Trump said Saturday morning on Twitter:
"President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!"
President Trump also released a further statement:
The current president also ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff for the next 30 days:
"... do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. I also direct that, for the same length of time, the representatives of the United States in foreign countries shall make similar arrangements for the display of the flag at half staff over their embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations."
Trump also ordered federal offices to close Wednesday to honor Bush, and declared the day a national day of mourning. The president will also send Air Force One to Texas to transport the casket of former President Bush to Washington.
Former President George Walker Bush issued the following statement via Twitter following his father's death:
Former President Bill Clinton issued the following statement via Twitter:
"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."
Former President Barack Obama released a statement that said in part:
"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."
Former President Jimmy Carter said in part on Twitter:
"Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the death of former President George H.W. Bush. His administration was marked by grace, civility, and social conscience."
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said on Twitter:
"President George H W Bush has passed away at age 94... May he Rest In Peace...The prayers of many in Kentucky and across our nation are with the Bush family tonight..."
Saturday evening, Bevin ordered U.S. and state flags at public office buildings to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Dec. 30, in accordance with President Trump's proclamation.
“President Bush dedicated the majority of his adult life as a public servant to our great nation. For this, we will be forever grateful,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Kentucky joins the Bush family and the American people in mourning the loss of our 41st president. Tonight, as part of the vast array of stars in the universe, there shines an extra point of light as a reminder of a life well lived.” - Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
Bevin also encouraged individuals, businesses, organizations and other government agencies to join in the tribute.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb made the following statement on Twitter:
"President George H. W. Bush was an exceptional man who led the nation with both courage and kindness. Janet and I want to share our prayers and condolences with the Bush family and ask all Hoosiers to join us."
Holcomb also directed U.S. flags across the state to be flown at half-staff.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in part on social media:
"Elaine and I join the Senate and the nation in grieving the loss of President George H. W. Bush."
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said on Twitter:
"With a lifelong & passionate commitment to public service, President George H. W. Bush led our nation with dignity, grace & resolve. That commitment serves as an example to all Americans. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they celebrate and honor his life and legacy."
Bush's death comes about eight months after the death of his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush.
He is survived by five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A sixth child died in early childhood. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren.
Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Monday evening through Wednesday morning, a gesture that has become customary to honor the passing of former presidents.
The last two presidents to lie in state were Gerald Ford in late 2006-early 2007 and Ronald Reagan in June 2004.
Bush will be laid to rest Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
Bush will be buried at the family plot next to his wife Barbara, who died in April, and their 3-year-old daughter Robin, who died in 1953.
A funeral service is also planned for Washington's National Cathedral.
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