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.