Following the death of former President George H.W. Bush Friday, Christian leaders released condolence statements praising Bush’s life and legacy.
“President and Mrs. Bush were very close friends of my parents and our family through the years,” said Franklin Graham, son of the late Billy Graham. “He represented the presidency when politics in our country was more civil. He was a man of character who served our nation during war and led our nation during peace."
“He was a man of many accomplishments, but one of the greatest was his family—two sons to serve as governors and one to follow as president of our nation. Our prayers are with the entire Bush family."
President George H.W. Bush was a man of character who served our nation during war and led our nation during peace. He represented the presidency when politics in our country was more civil.— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 1, 2018
Bush, the 41stPresident of the United States, died Friday in Houston. He was 94. Bush’s wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died in April.
"George Bush was a great American, an extraordinary wartime leader, and a good friend,” said Pat Robertson, founder of The Christian Broadcasting Network. “I mourn the passing of a great American, and wish his family well."
Bush served as Ronald Reagan’s vice president before winning the 1988 presidential election. Many called him “one of the greatest Americans of our time.”
“He lived his life with joyous faith and optimism and leaves a lasting influence upon the world,” said Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. “May God comfort His family with peace and grace. We are a grateful nation for his magnificent life."
President Donald Trump and his wife also released a statement: “Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”
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