Top politicians in Vermont are sharing their condolences and memories after the death of former President George H.W. Bush on Friday at the age of 94.
In a post on Twitter, Sen. Bernie Sanders said that both the former president and his wife, Barbara — who died in April — will be remembered for their "humble and devoted service to the country they loved."
President George H.W. Bush served our country honorably. He and Barbara will be remembered for their humble and devoted service to the country they loved. Jane and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Bush family.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 1, 2018
In a statement, Gov. Phil Scott remarked on former President Bush's leadership and service — both in government, and in the military during World War II.
“I greatly appreciate his leadership, service and his work to inspire others to serve, calling for us to rise and spread ‘a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.’ This message remains a powerful reminder of the greatness Americans can achieve," Scott said.
My statement on the passing of President Bush: pic.twitter.com/XsRFNfhhuX
— Governor Phil Scott (@GovPhilScott) December 1, 2018
Rep. Peter Welch called Bush "one of the most decent and honorable public servants to serve as president."
George H. W. Bush was one of the most decent and honorable public servants to serve as president. He lived a long, extraordinary and accomplished life. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace. - Peter
— Rep. Peter Welch (@PeterWelch) December 1, 2018
Sen. Patrick Leahy, who served while Bush presided over the U.S. Senate as vice president in the 1980s, noted the two often differed over policy, but Leahy recalled Bush's sense of humor, and the senator said the former president's decency, civility and humility remain an "important example to the nation."
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) December 1, 2018
President Donald Trump has declared Dec. 5 to be a national day of mourning for the late 41st president.