Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died last Friday. He was, and probably always will be, the last patrician President.
Born to wealth and status in Connecticut, he finished high school after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and joined the Navy at age 18. At 19 he was a navy aviator, the youngest in history. He flew many successful missions in the pacific, was ultimately shot down but survived. While still in uniform, he met, wooed and married the only love of his life, Barbara, After the War, he went to Yale and completed his education. Given his name, family connections and war hero status, Mr. Bush had a virtually guaranteed successful and lucrative career on Wall Street. Instead, he gathered his wife and young son and moved to Texas where he found success in the oil business and personal tragedy with the death of his daughter, Robin, from leukemia.. And ultimately plunged into politics, devoting the remainder of his long life to service.
His accomplishments are legion; with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson, George Herbert Walker Bush was the most experienced man ever to hold the office of President of the United States. He served with grace and dignity. Admittedly not the best politician but a truly dedicated public servant.
I was privileged to work on his 1988 and 1992 campaigns while living in Dallas. It was a thrill to be a bit player on the biggest stage in the world. We were all devastated by his loss in 1992; his accomplishments and character could not overcome the flash and dash of his opponent. It is a profound tribute to the character of President Bush that later he and his successor, President Clinton, became close friends and worked together on many charitable endeavors.
I regret that I never met President George H.W. Bush but admired him from afar. No politician on the national stage today could hold a candle to his love of America and his unquenchable desire to be of selfless service. We suffer from the loss of President George Herbert Walker Bush and the ideals he represented.
Rest in Peace.