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Author's Notes: With his recent passing, this narrative tribute I wrote in honor of President George Herbert Walker Bush speaks for itself. At this particularly sad time for America with regard to the former president's recent death, words and thoughts are all we really have to express how each of us feel. In this narrative tribute, I tried to present a coherent word picture here of a number of salient aspects of President Bush's life and accomplishments as a leader, politician, war hero, and human being. I hope I have captured this particular essence in my tribute to him as "A Most Courageous American President for the Ages." (Gary Bateman - December 6, 2018) (Narrative)
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A Most Courageous American President for the Ages
I thought it would be most appropriate for me to take a moment to
share some of my reflections on the life and distinguished public
service of the late 41st president of the United States, George Herbert
First, as a retired U.S. military veteran, I am particularly grateful for
President Bush’s outstanding leadership, vision, and the committed,
stalwart support he provided to our nation’s armed forces, in times of
peace and in war, during his term of office from 1989 to 1993.
Second, the depth and breadth of his long years of outstanding service
to the United States of America are reflected by the number and variety
of the high-level leadership positions he held, not only as president, but as
vice president, and as a U.S. congressman from the state of Texas, director
of the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,
and as the U.S. envoy to China. All of these positions he held over the years
in selfless public service to America, testify powerfully to his unshakeable
commitment to and belief in freedom and democracy, and the historic role
that America fulfills as the indispensable leader of the free world.
Third, as a young, decorated U.S. Navy aviator in the pacific theater during
World War II, and as a veteran of fifty-eight combat missions, President
Bush experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations, and the challenges of
wartime service punctuated with the tragic sacrifices made by U.S. military
forces in the pursuit and defense of freedoms that many today take for granted.
Fourth, related to his wartime service and contributions, President Bush
was part of what is known today as the “Greatest Generation.” This special generation of Americans, to include even relatives from my own family and many others, were the ones who lived through the Great Depression and met the call of duty to confront and destroy the evil forces of fascism and demagoguery that poised a direct threat to freedom and democracy worldwide. The people from this generation were imbued with a profound sense of “love of country,” and did all that they could to ensure the best results for future generations to come.
Fifth, as vice president in Ronald Reagan’s administration, George Bush
was the co-architect with the president in successfully formulating and
implementing the diplomatic initiatives to work toward ending the Cold
War with the Soviet Union. In fact, by 1989, Bush was then president, and
with the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November of that year, he oversaw the
entire process for ending the Cold War, and in eventually bringing peace and
freedom to the former eastern bloc countries in Europe after the collapse and
implosion of the former Soviet Union in December 1991. And, during this
critical moment in history, he was instrumental in providing help and support
to the new Russian government.
Sixth, President Bush, in 1991, through all of his outstanding diplomatic efforts
with America’s key allies, led a successful wartime coalition of countries with
the United States that were directly responsible during the first Gulf War in
fighting and ejecting the Iraqi Army under Saddam Hussein’s command from
the country of Kuwait, thus freeing Kuwait from the abject tyranny of Iraq.
President Bush worked tirelessly in assembling this remarkable and highly
successful coalition of countries in direct coordination with the United Nations.
With all of this said, I firmly believe that George Herbert Walker Bush will
go down in history as one of America’s great presidents. He believed in the
spirit of true bipartisanship during his long service, and was never afraid to
reach across the aisle to work with the political opposition in finding reasonable
and meaningful solutions to many problems facing American society, as well as
other problems in the international arena that required immediate attention, with thoughtful and deliberate bipartisan support by the Congress.
President Bush, just like the late Senator John McCain, was a devout
“Atlanticist” and a fervent supporter of NATO and other international treaties
that have been essential in helping the United States positively shape and
influence events and actions in the world in the continuous pursuit of the
maintenance of freedom and democracy.
President Bush also fully understood and recognized the significance of “American Exceptionalism” in the international community, and the critical role that America has played, and must continue playing as the all-important bulwark of freedom in the world.
President Bush was truly an extraordinary leader in every aspect of what he accomplished in the faithful execution of his duties in all of the positions he proudly held while serving in the U.S. Government. He was certainly someone who forcefully rejected the politics of fear, bigotry, hatred, and division in American society. He was well-known for his deep and abiding faith in God, and for the profound love he had for his family. He possessed a keen sense of humor and had a sincere patriotic love of country.
And, he passionately believe in selfless service to America, whilst imbuing
the sacred tenets of Duty, Honor, and Country in everything he did to make America that shining beacon for freedom and democracy in the world.
George Herbert Walker Bush is a most courageous American president for the ages.
May God Bless. Rest in Peace.
Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved
December 6, 2018 (Narrative Tribute)
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