Very well said Craig. Thanks.
President George H.W. Bush was a product of gentler and more noble values.
Perhaps the best prepared man to ever be President - son of a Senator, youngest American fighter pilot in WWII,
successful businessman, Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations,
Ambassador to China, Director of CIA and Vice-President.
More importantly, George H.W. Bush was the epitome of noblesse oblige in the best sense of the phrase.
In an age of vulgar cultural democratization, he stood for civility of discourse, refinement of comportment, and duty exercised with humility.
And amidst all this, Bush was the co-author of a remarkable 70 year long love story with his beloved Barbara.
He was the last President to start, execute, and win a war, bring all troops home, and put soldiers security
at the heart of all battle plans so that out of 500,000 troops sent to the Gulf, only 150 died.
George H.W. Bush oversaw the fall of the Communist empire but he did it with Churchillian statesmanship holding fast to those immortal words:
"In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will."
RIP: President George H.W. Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018)
President of the United States (1989-1993)
"We are a nation of communities...a brilliant spread like stars,
like a thousand points of light...in a broad and peaceful sky."
- President George H.W. Bush
Canada will fly flags at half-mast in honour of
former President George H.W. Bush
Leonard Cohen was seen lighting "Chanukah" candles in front of his L.A. home
a week before he passed away (on November 7, 2016).
Somebody saw what he was doing and said...
"Hey Leonard, you're a little early for Chanukah candles aren't you?"
Leonard Cohen's reply:
"I don't know if I'll be here by December. But I assure you these candles are not only for Chanukah.
I light them for world peace."
(note: I recently got this story from Leonard's son, Adam Cohen)