Thoughts on the Passing of the 41st President of the United States
Although I was not by any means a fan of George H.W. Bush Sr. nor of his nepotistic family, upon hearing of the former President’s passing on November 30th I felt compelled to say the following:
When Bush ran for President for a second term in 1992, he assumed he was a shoe in to win. Much to his disbelieving stupor that did not happen. When Bill Clinton took his place in the White House, President Bush left him the following letter that brought me to tears when I first discovered it.
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 that 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.
Unlike our current President who can’t be adult enough to take responsibility for his own Administration by constantly blaming the Administration that was in charge before he took over, Bush extends his welcome to Bill Clinton and his family with dignity, grace, and transcends Parties by being genuinely excited for the man that is to be the next President of the United States after him. With good sportsmanship and authentic American pride, President Bush wrote to his successor:
“Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”
Words of encouragement I could never imagine the current President having the capacity to say to another. How shameful we are to have allowed the man currently in the White House to desecrate the role of President and Chief of our country so thoroughly.
To hope for the current President to act in any of his dealings as high minded as President Bush did in his exit letter would be futile, but I can hope and rather optimistically so that in two years time the man will be forced to face his own exit once our country returns to its senses and demands that the 46th President of the United States actually behaves like one.
May Perpetual Light Shine upon the Soul of the 41st President of the United States.