The death of President George H.W. Bush late last week feels like the end of an era for our nation.
Bush, who served from 1989 to 1993 after eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice president, was the last man from the World War II generation to serve in the White House.
He’s also been called the last “legitimate” president. While he had his detractors, and lost his re-election bid in 1992, no one questioned him or tried to tear him down quite the same way they did his successors.
Bill Clinton was impeached. George W. Bush came into office after a controversial Supreme Court ruling. Barack Obama and Donald Trump have seen the opposition party play a zero-sum game to stop the presisdent.
The senior Bush talked of a “kinder, gentler” nation, and through history it seems that’s what we yearn for. His was a nation that got things done. (Remember a successful and swift Gulf War?) He was able to reach across the aisle.
He wasn’t the best president this nation had, but he was a very good one, and certainly was a very good man. We mourn him and are grateful for his service to our nation.