Death of George H.W. Bush has united America. Let’s keep it that way (editorial)

Updated: Dec. 6, 2018 at 8:58 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - As the nation buries a president this week, it’s interesting to think about George Herbert Walker Bush.

To this point, he’s the last one-term president we’ve had.

He was also the last president from the greatest generation, and to this point.

Past the politics, what I’ll remember most about our 41st president is he could get past the political agendas and be about humanity.

Sure, he could – like anyone – lose his temper from time to time, but President Bush had friends on both sides of the aisle. He could take a joke, and give some back.

On Saturday Night Live, Dana Carvey’s portrayal of President Bush wasn’t always the most complimentary, but that didn’t stop him from appearing on the show to rib Carvey back.

It was a friendlier political time – both ways.

This week it’s been easy to find Republicans and Democrats willing to praise him.

Maybe not his political decisions, but praise the man.

I hope we aren’t losing that ability. I hope we can stop all the hate, stop all the polarized posturing.

I hope we can all remember President Bush by living out my favorite thing he said:

“In crucial things, unity. In important things, diversity. In all things, generosity.”

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