Farewell to a President

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Farewell to a President

I had to wait until this evening to watch the video cov­er­age of the state funeral for the late Pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush. It was worth the wait. If you haven’t heard the eulogy deliv­ered by George W., do your­self a favor and take twelve min­utes to watch it.

So often, Pres­i­dent Trump’s tweets leave me cold. Not this one. Right words, right tone.

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I left the line for pres­i­dent blank on my 1992 bal­lot, annoyed that Pres­i­dent Bush’s no-​new-​taxes com­mit­ment hadn’t held up. I have had many years, includ­ing two terms of Bill Clin­ton, to rue my deci­sion. Los­ing the pres­i­dency didn’t spoil George H.W. Bush’s life, though. My petty move did him no harm. Being a decent man of wide inter­ests and love of coun­try, los­ing the pres­i­dency sim­ply freed him to do other, bet­ter things. To name just one: I doubt if there’s any way to mea­sure the impact of the human­i­tar­ian and dis­as­ter relief work he did after he left office.

Rest in peace, sir.

Ellen Kolb is a New Hamp­shire writer focus­ing on the life issues. She blogs at EllenKolb​.com and Leaven for the Loaf.

When you hit DaTip­Jar, you sup­port inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism (and inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ists). Thank you!

I had to wait until this evening to watch the video coverage of the state funeral for the late President George H.W. Bush. It was worth the wait. If you haven’t heard the eulogy delivered by George W., do yourself a favor and take twelve minutes to watch it.

So often, President Trump’s tweets leave me cold. Not this one. Right words, right tone.

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I left the line for president blank on my 1992 ballot, annoyed that President Bush’s no-new-taxes commitment hadn’t held up.  I have had many years, including two terms of Bill Clinton, to rue my decision. Losing the presidency didn’t spoil George H.W. Bush’s life, though. My petty move did him no harm. Being a decent man of wide interests and love of country, losing the presidency simply freed him to do other, better things. To name just one: I doubt if there’s any way to measure the impact of the humanitarian and disaster relief work he did after he left office.

Rest in peace, sir.

Ellen Kolb is a New Hampshire writer focusing on the life issues. She blogs at EllenKolb.com and Leaven for the Loaf. 

When you hit DaTipJar, you support independent journalism (and independent journalists). Thank you!