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By Dennis Romero
American luminaries expressed respect and gratitude to former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at the age of 94 years.
In tweets and utterances, they expressed respect for his leadership, public service, and love of the land.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump said he had "laid the stage for the decades of prosperity that followed."
"With good judgment, common sense and unwavering leadership, our nation and the world led to a peaceful one and victorious conclusion of the Cold War, "the Trumps said in a statement on Friday. Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama said, "Although our hearts are heavy today, they are also full of gratitude."
"Not only for the years he spent as our forty-first president, but in the more than 70 years that he served the country he loved, he was a devoted servant ̵
Bush's Grandson, George P. Bush Tweeted "My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew, and his life spanned the entire American century – he fought in the Second World War, in the oil boom Texas participated … and exercised an outstanding public service career, including the presidency during the last days of the Cold War. "
James A. Baker III, who served under Bush as chief of staff and foreign minister, and who joined Bush counting his closest friends said he would be "eternally engraved on the history of America and the world."
"It's a lifelong record of a selfless patriotic service to our nation," he said. "… He led with strength, integrity, compassion and humility – qualities that make a really big man."
Fred Ryan, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Institute, called the leadership of former President Reagan and Bush, who served as his vice president, "a remarkable partnership."
"As they revived the US economy, opposed tyranny around the world, and restored America's pride and purpose, President Reagan relied on the calm of loyalty and wisdom," Ryan said. "In everything the government has achieved," President Reagan once said, "No one was closer to me and has contributed more to our success than George Bush."
In a statement, Bush's vice president Dan Quayle said he had always looked up to his former boss.
"I have often told my children," If you want to have a role model in your life – look to President George Herbert Walker Bush, "he said in a statement. The world mourns the loss of a great American. But it also celebrates a well-lived life.
Bush's non-profit foundation [Points of Light] tweeted that he was "a kind, compassionate and humble man; a leader who believed in serving the betterment of society. "
" We are joining forces with millions of people around the world and around the world to celebrate their lives and heritage this evening, "the organization said on Twitter Bush said he was American
"We've lost a great American," he said. "Service defined President George HW Bush's life and taught us all about leadership, sacrifice and decency.