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Mon Dec 3, 2018, 06:35 PM

'Honorable, gracious and decent': In death, Bush becomes a yardstick for President Trump

The tributes to former president George H.W. Bush poured in this weekend, each in their own way exposing the pitfalls ahead this week for the Oval Office’s current resident.

The 41st president was remembered by Barack Obama, the 44th, as “a humble servant.” “Honorable, gracious and decent” were the words Bill Clinton used in praise of his immediate predecessor. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s encomium described Bush as “great in his character, leading with decency and integrity.”

On Monday, Bush will return to Washington, where he will lie in state at the Capitol until Wednesday when, as tradition demands, Trump will attend the former president’s funeral at Washington National Cathedral. It’s unclear whether Trump will deliver a eulogy.

In death, presidents are measured not only by their accomplishments but by what their tenure says about sitting presidents — and in this case, the contrast appears stark.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/honorable-gracious-and-decent-in-death-bush-becomes-a-yardstick-for-president-trump/2018/12/02/a38c3f36-f656-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?utm_term=.1ad39f3ead0c



In this photo from Jan. 7, 2009, former president George H.W. Bush, left, joins President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former president Bill Clinton and former president Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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Reply 'Honorable, gracious and decent': In death, Bush becomes a yardstick for President Trump (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2018 OP
libdem4life Dec 2018 #1
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2018 #2
Judi Lynn Dec 2018 #3
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2018 #4
allgood33 Dec 2018 #5
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2018 #6

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 06:44 PM

1. Tributes are tributes and properly leave out the political...

 

all of these men were great statesmen...regardless of political mistakes and persuasions.

Wonder what happens when a president is dragged from office for ... fill in the blank? Can anyone see the current Resident in this photo?

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 07:18 PM

2. That's the thing, I mainly posted this for the photo

All of these presidents, whatever their differences, did what they thought was best for the country. And, as former presidents, are members of a very exclusive club - are friendly with and respect each other. I can't see Trump in that lineup in a million years...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 08:01 PM

3. It's a great photo, Rhiannon. They all look so much more civilized, knowledgeable, don't they?

They all certainly looked like people who were open to learning more. We don't have that with #45. He is a failure at every level. He has disgraced the entire country, and already made the world sicker, more endangered, and people far unhappier, and some people like Kashoggi far deader than they would like.









Looks as if Trump tried his "power handshake" on Obama, and lost, doesn't it?









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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:15 AM

4. Those are great photos, too - except for those with Trump in them... ;)

I honestly don't know how the Obamas managed to be so nice to them during the transition. Granted, no one imagined the extent of Trump's horribleness (except maybe Hillary who experienced him close up), but by President Obama's expression, he already had a pretty good idea...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 06:04 AM

5. The MOST decent President was Jimmy Carter.

 

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Response to allgood33 (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:03 PM

6. I certainly know that, as well.



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