Statement By Former President George H. W. Bush On The Passing of Coach Joe Paterno
January 22, 2012

A family spokesperson has confirmed that Joe Paterno,  former Penn State football coach, has died at the age of 85.  Former President George H.W Bush released the following statement.

 

  I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Paterno.  He was an outstanding American who was respected not only on the field of play but in life generally — and he was, without a doubt, a true icon in the world of sports.  I was proud that he was a friend of mine.  Barbara and I send our condolences to his devoted wife Suzanne and to his wonderful family.

President Bush #41 Endorses Sen. Hutchison for Texas Governor
January 22, 2010

 With some polls showing her trailing Gov. Perry by ten points, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison got a huge boost to her campaign Friday when she was enthusiastically endorsed by  former President George H.W. Bush (#41)  and First Lady Barbara Bush.

Speaking from a podium in the driveway of his Galleria-area home, Mr. Bush said that a vote for KBH was a “vote for conservative values.”

(The following is a campaign news release)

 President George H.W. Bush And First Lady Barbara Bush Endorse Hutchison For Governor 

HOUSTON, TX – Today, at their home in Houston, President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush endorsed Kay Bailey Hutchison in her campaign for Texas governor. 

“Barbara and I are taking this unusual step of endorsing in this primary because of our unbridled belief in Kay. She is strong. She has proven her steadfast commitment to the issues and values that unite Texas Republicans. And we are proud to stand with her today,” said former President Bush.

 The Bushes, who do not have a history of endorsing in Republican primaries. offered their enthusiastic support of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Citing the need for a strong leader in the governor’s office to lead Texas forward, they emphasized their focus on the future and the need to confront tough, complex issues that have gone unaddressed. 

“Kay is a respected national leader on many of the same issues that Texas is confronting today. These are tough, complex issues, but we have every confidence that Kay can get positive action after years of drift and delay,” said former President Bush. “This election is about the future, not the past – and we have no doubt that Kay has the right vision and values to help Texas build an even better tomorrow.”

 As a lifelong Republican, Hutchison worked to help build the Texas Republican Party from the ground up. She is more committed than ever to maintaining a strong Republican Party that is true to its core principles of more freedom and less government. 

President Bush who served as Harris County GOP chairman and later as chairman of the Republican National Committee lauded Kay’s loyal dedication to the Party, “I respect Kay’s loyal dedication to the Republican Party. To paraphrase the old song, she was a Lone Star Republican before it was cool to be a Republican in Texas.” 

First Lady Barbara Bush offered accolades for Kay and her leadership by saying, “We are endorsing Kay because she has proven herself as an effective leader fighting for Texas values in the United States Senate – and we have no doubt she can bring that same positive, inclusive style of leadership to Austin, to help our beloved Texas realize its fullest potential.” 

Hutchison is the only candidate in this race who has laid out a clear vision for Texas’ future and a plan to keep Texas strong 20 years from now. She has put forth plans to fix Rick Perry’s transportation mess, improve education by tackling the dropout rate head on, secure the border, protect private property rights and keep taxes low. She has also pledged to end the cronyism and mismanagement of our state government under Rick Perry.  

“The endorsements of George and Barbara Bush further the momentum of our campaign,” said Hutchison. “I am so honored to have the support of a true American statesman and one of our most beloved first ladies. This election is about the future of Texas, and as governor, I will look ahead and implement policies that will ensure Texas remains the greatest state in the nation.”###

My Encounter With A Former President and First Lady!
January 16, 2010

On the same day their son, President Bush #43,  signed up to help the relief effort in Haiti, I had a close encounter with former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

I was doing my usual Saturday shopping when I saw the former first couple and their secret service team leaving the River Oaks Movie Theater.

As always, they were gracious to the people who said hello and asked to take their pictures.

As their security team stopped traffic on West Gray near Shepherd, I thought about asking Mr. and Mrs. Bush a few questions – What movie did you see? Do you give it a thumbs up or thumbs down? What do you think about your son teaming up with President Obama and former President Bill Clinton to begin a relief effort for earthquake devastated Haiti?

After thinking about it for a few seconds, I decided  to smile and  snap  their pictures, but not ask any questions.

After all, in many ways they are like the rest of us: just looking for a little peace and quiet on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon.

President Obama Calls Senator Kennedy – The Greatest US Senator of Our Time.
August 26, 2009

Reaction is pouring in this morning following the death of  Senator Ted Kennedy.

Below is a statement from  President Obama, followed by a statement by former President George. H. W. Bush

Statement From President Barack Obama:

Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For five decades, virtually every major piece of legalisation to  advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague.  I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency.  And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness,  I’ve profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

An important chapter in our history has come to an end.  Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of  our time.

And the Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times  and bad.

Our hearts and prayers out out to them today – – to his wonderful wife Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick  and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.

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A Statement by former President Bush 41 on the death of  Senator Edward Kennedy:

Babara and I were deeply saddened to learn Ted Kennedy lost his valiant battle with cancer.  While we didn’t see eye-to-eye on many political issues throughout the years,  I always respected his steadfast public service – so much so, in fact, that I  invited him to my library in 2003 to receive the Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service.  Ted Kennedy was a seminal figure in the United States Senate –  a leader who answered the call to duty for some 47 years,  and whose death closes a remarkable chapter in that body’s history.

Barbara and I – and all  Bushes – send our heartfelt condolences to Victoria, Ted’s kids, and the entire Kennedy family.

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Cool Tie Mr. Bush
March 5, 2009

It’s been a tough  few days for the Bush family, as former First Lady Barbara Bush recovers from heart surgery.

Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush shed a few tears and laughed a little while talking to reporters at Methodist Hospital.

But, he was all smiles when I asked him about the tie he was wearing Thursday.

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I thought the pattern looked like whales, but it turns out its a design commemorating the USS  George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.

You can read more about the air carrier by going to http://bushcommissioning.com

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In January at a ceremony in Norfolk, Virgina,  the former president became the first namesake to attend the commissioning of an aircraft carrier bearing his name.

What a great honor, and what  a cool tie Mr. Bush.