Round-Up: Remembering George H.W. Bush, the 41st President

The condolences and Kleenex-worthy moments have been flowing since former president George H.W. Bush passed away Friday evening, with people sharing anything from touching memories to examples of the 41st president’s grace, class, and integrity.


Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted a photo today that showed dogs truly are man’s best friend.

The photo shows former President George H.W. Bush’s dog Sully lying in front of Bush’s casket, with the caption “Mission complete.”

Bush adopted Sully in June from America’s VetDogs, which trains service dogs and provides them to veterans for free. Sully is named after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, the airline pilot who safely landed a passenger plane in the Hudson River without losing a single one of the 155 passengers on board. The younger George Bush revealed on Instagram that Sully will now head to Walter Reed Military Medical Center to aid other veterans.

McGrath has previously shared photos of Bush and Sully, including Sully accompanying Bush into the voting booth.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama revealed that she will be postponing parts of her book tour in order to attend Bush’s funeral and urged readers and ticket holders to join her in “paying tribute to [Bush] and his tremendous contributions to our world.”


The U.S. Navy also mourned Bush’s death on Twitter. Bush had enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday, just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was commissioned as an ensign less than a year later, making him the Navy’s youngest aviator.

And others pointed out that Bush is now reunited with his beloved wife of 73 years, Barbara (who passed away in April of this year), as well as his daughter Robin (who passed away due to leukemia in 1953 at the age of three years old).

Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, who had drawn Barbara’s reunion with Robin in April, created a new one to show the two reuniting with Bush.


Jenna Bush Hager, Bush’s granddaughter, revealed on Instagram that the cartoon brought comfort to her because Bush had told her he was looking forward to being reunited with his loved ones. Over the years, Bush often expressed the belief that family was the most important thing in life.

Pass the Kleenex, please.

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