This week, our country lost a politician who had something very few of them have these days: integrity.
Former President George H.W. Bush’s reputation was well earned, and Bill O’Reilly called the president’s son George’s statement about him being the best father any child could ever have the “highest compliment a man can have.”
It was the post death statement by his son President Bush the Younger that caught my eye. He described his dad as the best father children could ever have.
That is the highest compliment a man can receive.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 1, 2018
George H.W. Bush the Pilot
While “Bush 41” had a very successful business career, it was somewhat brief, as he spent most of his adult life in the service to his country.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bush enlisted in the Navy and eventually became a naval aviator.
During a 1944 attack, Bush’s aircraft came under heavy fire, and his engine caught on fire.
But Bush never relented, continuing his mission until he dropped his bombs, then attempting to fly his crew (and himself) to safety.
Both Bush and his crew member eventually bailed, but his crew member’s parachute tragically did not open.
Bush was eventually rescued, but the series of events changed him forever.
George H.W. Bush the Politician
After more than a decade in the oil business, and after becoming a millionaire, Bush left it all behind to run for office in 1963.
He first started out as the Chairman of the Harris County, TX Republican Party, but eventually ran for U.S. Congress in 1966.
Bush continued to work his way up the political ladder from senator to ambassador to RNC chairman.
He was also the head of the CIA for two years in the mid-1970s.
It all culminated in Bush being chosen as Ronald Reagan’s vice president, then being elected president himself in 1988.
All the while, George and Barbara Bush were raising a family that ended up becoming one of the most respected families in politics.
Those that spent time with the Bush family always seemed amazed at how Mr. Bush was able to be in the spotlight continuously, yet still take the time and make the effort required to be a good father and husband.
While he may not have had the most successful presidency in our country’s history, he is and always has been one of the most respected representatives our country has ever seen — and O’Reilly honored that in his Saturday tweet.
Rest in peace, Mr. President.