Jeb Bush

Witcover: George H.W. Bush's virtues brought honor to an office now sullied

Witcover: George H.W. Bush's virtues brought honor to an office now sullied

The warm and genuine public outpouring of appreciation for the 41st president in services in Washington, D.C., and Texas reflected the authenticity and good will of the man. With these qualities, he brought honor not only to himself but also to the high office in which he served, where it is so lacking today.

George H.W. Bush, ever modestly optimistic and friendly, exuded to the end a generosity of spirit that sometimes masked his seriousness of purpose. Within his close family and beyond, he often was referred to as "Poppy," which seemed appropriate, though sometimes it conveyed the notion that there was something about his lopsided grin and occasional malapropisms that...

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