Former President George H.W. Bush remembered


Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects to Former President George H.W. Bush over the next few days. 

“All of us would love to have the nerve, the gumption, the courage and the character that President Bush had.” Bill Jones a former assemblyman and California Secretary of State said Monday. 

Jones first met Bush in 1980 when he was running for the White House against Ronald Reagan. Bush would become Reagan’s Vice President and eventually President. 

Over the course of Jones’ own decades-long political career he met with Bush several times.

“I remember him being here in Fresno being at a meeting with farmers on water at the time,” Jones said. This was an issue the two politicians butted heads over, but Jones says there was always respect.

“No airs. No “us” versus “them,” or ‘I’m here and you’re there.’ Character, honesty, genuine,” Jones said of the Former President.

It was a sentiment echoed by many.

“There was a kindness about the man,” Vice President Mike Pence said. 

“He called on Americans to be a thousand points of light and he was too modest to say he and his wife Barbara were two of the brightest,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said. 

President Donald Trump has designated Wed as a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383

Don’t Miss

Best of the Valley
Sunday Morning Matters
MedWatch Today
Hispanic Heritage
Bulldog Insider: The Podcast
The Valley's Armenia
Pros Who Know

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.