I am quite an admirer of George H.W. Bush (1924-2018), and think of him fondly on the news of his death. I always liked Bush, but when I was younger I was not overly enthusiastic about his leadership. As time has progressed, my appreciation and respect for him as a leader continued to increase, until he has developed in my mind – for too many reasons to put in this post – as one of my favorite historical leaders.
He produced cooperation. He was strong against tyranny. He was compassionate towards the disadvantaged. He was very human and very American.
Thirty years ago, Bush stated “We need a kinder and gentler nation.” We needed that cultural challenge then, and it still calls to those who will listen today.