President Bush #41 Remembers Robert Mosbacher,Sr.



HOUSTON — Following is a statement by former President Bush 41 on the death of his close personal friend and former Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr.  Secretary Mosbacher died in Houston this morning, January 24th, after a year-long fight against pancreatic cancer.

Barbara and I feel a profound sense of personal grief over the death of our dear friend Bob Mosbacher, a close friend of some 50 years who helped us, and guided us, and lifted us up in so many different ways.  As good as he was at political fundraising — as he was certainly the very best at that — Bob meant so much more to us.  

Together we shared a journey that led to the presidency, the mountaintop of American politics, and there we worked together to help America more fully embrace the world around us and compete in the newly emerging global markets that the waning Cold War made accessible.  No doubt, Bob will be remembered as one the most effective Commerce Secretaries in our Nation’s history.

Bob Mosbacher was an honorable and a first-rate businessman, and perhaps the shrewdest dealmaker I ever knew.  But more than that, Bob was a true Point of Light, someone who generously helped so many different causes — but never seeking the limelight.  I think particularly of his spearheading the Odyssey Academy Charter School in Galveston as exemplary of Bob’s penchant for helping others in need.  And of course, we worked together with such joy to help support our beloved M.D. Anderson in the battle against cancer.  Few, if any, ever did more for that groundbreaking institution than Bob.

Bob Mosbacher was a patriot, a lover of the sea, and a loving family man.  Barbara and I have already sent our condolences to his wife Mica, his children, and his grandkids — and assured them of Bob’s place of honor in our Nation’s history.  We loved him very much.  He will be sorely and deeply missed.

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