As our country reflects on the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, many are sharing their experiences and thoughts on our former leader’s legacy.
At 94 years old, former President Bush, was a celebrated World War II combat pilot, Republic congressman, and pioneering diplomat. While there are no words to describe the character and legacy he has left behind, there are those who want the world to know who he was and the relationships they built with him during this lifetime.
Country music artists like Naomi Judd, Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Bellamy Brothers, and Phil Vassar have shared some of their memories with former President George H.W. Bush:
“We went up to play for then President George W. Bush in New Hampshire and I just had rotator cuff surgery. I didn’t want to play with the sling on so I took it off. After we played, Susan, my wife, came in and said the Bush family wants to meet everyone. So I took my sling back off and Former President George H.W. Bush gave me the ultimate Presidential handshake and almost brought me to my knees because I was in so much pain. I had to ice my shoulder afterwards, but what a moment. RIP Mr. President. What a wonderful man and thank you for your service to our country.”
–David Bellamy, The Bellamy Brothers
“One of the highlights of my exciting career was when Former President George H.W. Bush asked me to introduce him at his rallies during his campaign for re-election. I got the unbelievable opportunity to fly on Air Force One, and ride with him in the Presidential limo. I was a witness to his constant kindness to everyone in his path: doormen, waiters, and especially our military. I saw him treat his staff with respect, like they were friends. He had such reverence for his office. He never entered the Oval Office without a suit. I consider him a friend.” –Naomi Judd
“RIP Mr. President. A great leader. A true hero. A thousand points of light burn a little brighter in your honor.”
–Billy Ray Cyrus
“I had the honor of meeting Former President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush on several occasions. I was amazed by his character. He was always so humble and gracious. They were amazing people.” –Phil Vassar
“I have so many memories with Bush Sr. I remember once when I was in Vegas I got a call from him asking if I’d join him for lunch in an hour! We had a grand time. Daddy George, as I called him. We had bowls of fabulous Beluga caviar. I remember he asked me if I liked it. So many memories. Thank you, President George H.W. Bush for your service and your sacrifice. Our great country needed you and we are so blessed we had you for our president! Rest easy and say hello to my mother and daddy up there. I miss them too!” –Tanya Tucker
Bush will reside in Washington DC, at the US Capitol before a memorial service which is to be held at the National Cathedral, with a second memorial service to follow at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. He will be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, in College Station, Texas.
President Donald Trump has announced that December 5 will be the national day of mourning, and has indicated he and first lady Melania Trump’s intention to attend the funeral at the National Cathedral.
Rest in peace, Mr. President.