Grateful for Bush’s service

To the editor:

As we, as a nation, mourn over the recent passing of our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, I would like to respectfully take this opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary life and career of this great American patriot.

Bush, whose father, Prescott Bush, was a very wealthy and successful investment banker who served as a United States senator from Connecticut from 1952-1963, became committed to public service early on as he enlisted in the Navy upon his graduation from high school, delaying his college education, serving with great distinction during World War II as a pilot, and for his heroism in battle, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following the war, Bush attended Yale University, graduated in 1948 and then moved to Texas, where he had a very successful and lucrative career in the oil industry.

In 1966, Bush began his career in government public service by being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and later served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1971-1973, U.S. envoy to China from 1974-1975, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976-1977, as vice president under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989 and as the 41st president of the United States from 1989- 1993.

As a result of his extensive experience in government on many levels, dealing with many complex issues, it has been said by many that Bush might well have been the most qualified individual to assume the presidency in the history of our great nation.

During his tenure in the White House, Bush advocated to help make us a “kinder, gentler nation,” and was a strong advocate for volunteerism, of which he referred to as “1,000 points of light,’ and during his administration the Americans with Disabilities and the Clean Air acts became the law of the land.

Intentionally, the Cold War ended as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union, American troops overthrew Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and the United States led a coalition to victory over Iran in the Persian Gulf War during his administration.

On a personal level, Bush was married to his wife, Barbara, until her passing in April for 73 years, with whom he had six children, including George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, and John Ellis (Jeb) Bush, who served as governor of Florida and who was a serious contended for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential primaries.

Throughout his career, Bush was well known and highly respected for placing country above politics, was unquestionably kind and respectful to others and espoused the philosophy that one could disagree without being disagreeable.

As essentially a lifelong Democrat, I admit that by no means have I supported many of his initiatives. However, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for his character, dignity and patriotism.

President George Herbert Walker Bush has certainly left his indelible mark on our great nation, for which I am, as are a multitude of others, extremely grateful.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry