Nation reacts to passing of George H.W. Bush

NOW: Nation reacts to passing of George H.W. Bush

 SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The nation is mourning and reacting to the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

He died at age 94.

President Trump and the first lady released this statement on Bush’s passing on Twitter.  It says in part: “President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service – to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope and opportunity of America to the world.”

And his son, George W. praised the character, life, and love of his dad.

President Obama acknowledged the patriot and humble servant George H.W. Bush was, in a full statement he released.

Athletes and celebrities are also sending out their tributes to the 41st president.

Bush and the hashtag RIP41 are topics trending on twitter right now.

The former president has ties to South Bend and Notre Dame.

George H.W. Bush had a close friendship With Legendary Notre Dame Basketball Coach Digger Phelps.

In 1988, the republican presidential nominee campaigned on Notre Dame’s campus. Closed captioning archived from the rally shows Bush applauded Notre Dame excellence and distinguished his views from the then democratic presidential nominee.

Bush highlighted issues like, defense, economics and peace at the rally.

In 1992, Bush received an honorary degree from the University after addressing Notre Dame’s class of 1992. He called the American family quote “an institution under siege.”

According to the University, he also cited adored English professor, Frank O’Malley, and his quote “blood is in the bricks” description of Notre Dame.

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