WASHINGTON (WDTN) – As America pays its respects to President George H.W. Bush, lawmakers are looking back at the legacy he leaves behind.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman called the former President a mentor and a friend.
“He taught me about being a leader, a public servant, being a better husband and father,” he says.
Senator Sherrod Brown says he will remember a life dedicated to service, starting in World War II.
“George Bush rarely talked about this service and that’s pretty typical,” he said, adding that he hopes hearing Bush’s story will encourage other veterans to tell theirs. “I would hope they would talk a little more about their service, so we know about it. They don’t need to brag, but just talk to us about the cost of war.”
The 41st President inspired Army veteran and Senator Joni Ernst to share a story from her deployment.
“Just the extraordinary reception we got from the Kuwaits,” she reflected.
Ernst served in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. She says she felt welcomed in Kuwait, and for that, she credits President Bush.
“They remembered the time from Desert Shield and Desert Storm. They saw him as, really, a deliverer for their country. They see him as that beacon of freedom,” she said.
She also remembers the former President’s willingness to work with everyone.
“Regardless of party or disposition, he was able to bring people together,” she said.
It is a lesson Ernst hopes everyone can learn from President Bush’s legacy.