As the nation mourns the loss of George H.W. Bush, those who knew him well and remember the legacy he left behind are opening about the man they knew. Senator Rob Portman, who knew the former president for more than 30 years, is expected to give a speech remembering his friend on the Senate floor Tuesday.
In a statement Portman released over the weekend following the passing of Bush:
An early boss and mentor, President Bush was one of the most decent and honorable men I’ve ever known, and a model that I have tried to follow in my years in public service. It was honor to have worked for him when he was president and to have had his continued advice and counsel over the years. At the close of this truly great American life, let us honor his legacy by following his example of patriotism, public service, and bipartisan problem-solving.”
Bush will be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
To honor the former president, the international nonprofit Points of Light, founded by Bush, invited the public to celebrate Bush by giving a day of service in his memory.