Bush praised for successful life of service

Beau Brittain, Editor in Chief

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On Friday night, America learned the news that the 41st President, George H.W. Bush had died at the age 94. In the days following his death, friends and family of the President spoke on TV about his political accomplishments and praised him for his successful life. For many years, President Bush has been known as one of the most bipartisan politicians in American history.

His ability to work with both political parties was not his only great characteristic. It was his ability to put politics aside and treat everyone equally that is what is going to make Bush, go down in history, as one of the greatest Presidents we have ever had.

During the election of 1992, Bush lost his second term in the White House to democrat Bill Clinton. Before Clinton was inaugurated as the new president, Bush wrote his successor a letter that he left in the Oval Office. Bush wrote, “You will be our President when you read this note…. Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”

Despite being defeated and trading political jabs with Clinton, Bush was able to move on to what was important, the wellbeing of the country.

Many years later, both Presidents Bush and Clinton, former political rivals, developed a close friendship. Their ability to set aside their beliefs and differences and become close friends is something that every American should learn from. We need to not look at a person and see their politics, we need to see them for their character and who they truly are.

Although President Bush has left this world, we can keep his spirit alive by learning from his actions. We need to accept everyone for who they are and what they believe in. We need to realize that screaming at each other in political debates is not going to bring any real change.

We need to stop labeling each other “Republican” and “Democrat”. We need to see each other for who we truly are, Americans. We all need to learn from President Bush and get rid of the divisive politics and realize that real change comes from unity.

Let’s keep the spirit of George H.W. Bush alive and, make this world a much better place.