12.01.18

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Passing Of Former President George H.W. Bush

He was the last President of the Greatest Generation, and he leaves a lasting legacy of true and meaningful public service.  While we had our share of differences over policy, his decency, his civility and his humility have never been a more important example to the nation than they are today. 

He skillfully steered our country after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  His legacy includes working with many of us in enacting the Americans With Disabilities Act, a far-reaching civil rights achievement that has and will enrich the lives of millions of Americans, and the nation.

I worked with him on a breakthrough in U.S.-Vietnam relations that involved assisting landmine victims through the Leahy War Victims Fund.  But I came to know him best years earlier.

My clearest insights into his character and his personality — including his sense of humor — came from our many interactions when he was President of the Senate, as Vice President, as Marcelle and I enjoyed getting to know George and Barbara.  Those are fond and lasting memories that will always be with us.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bush family.

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