The OPCMIA mourns the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
He was a public servant of uncommon decency, graciousness and civility. He led our country with great dignity and devotion through a time of transformative change, and he did so with a steady hand and wise judgment. Though we often disagreed with the domestic policies of his administration, we never for a moment doubted his good intentions and his love of country.
Indeed, his entire career sets the standard for public service. From his heroism in World War II to serving as a member of Congress, Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador to China, Director of the CIA, Vice President, and then President, George H.W. Bush sought to defend our nation and make it stronger in everything he did.
We are grateful for his extraordinary service — and in today’s polarized political climate, we feel his loss that much more deeply. We extend our deepest condolences to his beloved family.
Daniel E. Stepano