George P Bush Reacts to Grandfather’s Death: ‘Greatest Man I Ever Knew’

By Zachary Stieber

George H. W. Bush’s grandson reacted to his death, calling him the greatest man he’s ever known.

George P. Bush, the current land commissioner for the state of Texas, posted a tribute on Twitter showing the elder Bush years ago with a much younger grandson.

“My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew,” George P. Bush wrote.

“His life spanned the American Century—he fought in World War II … took part in the Texas oil boom … served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War.”

George P. Bush later posted two other pictures showing him with his grandfather.

“Along the way, he married the love of his life and was a father to six, including a president and two governors. But to me, he will always be Gampy. The man who taught me to fish in Maine, to throw a horseshoe and to swing a baseball bat lefty,” he wrote for a caption accompanying one, showing the former president with a baseball glove.

Another shows the pair on a baseball field together.

“He was more than a great man; he was a good man. His courage was matched by his compassion; and his dedication to country was equaled only by his devotion to his family. Gampy, we love you and we will miss you. But we will never forget you,” Bush wrote.

The former president’s son George W. Bush, a former president himself, was also among those who issued statements after the death. “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” he wrote.

“George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush
Former U.S. President George W. Bush (L), and father and predecessor President George H.W. Bush (Reuters)

Trumps to Attend Funeral

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will attend the funeral of the former president, the White House announced on Dec. 1.

Trump issued a statement after the death was announced praising Bush.

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world,” Trump said.

“With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War. As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed. And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.”

The president added, “Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family—especially the love of his life, Barbara. His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause. Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.”