George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died Friday evening at the age of 94.
His death was announced by his family. In a statement his oldest son, President George W. Bush said, “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. 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.”
Below is reaction to President Bush’s death from notable Floridians:
Former Governor Jeb Bush
I already miss the greatest human being that I will ever know. Love you Dad!
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 1, 2018
Jeb Bush, Jr.
Nothing gave my Gampy more joy than service to others, especially supporting and caring for those who risk making the ultimate sacrifice everyday. His leadership taught us to be kinder and gentler, to love each other. We will miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/i2iR5U3ikc
— Jeb Bush, Jr. (@JebBushJr) December 1, 2018
Governor Rick Scott – “Today, the world lost a statesman who was the symbol of the highest level of civil commitment and who helped weave the fabric of an America that represents freedom and prosperity. The contributions of George H.W. Bush to our country were beyond that of his presidency. As a Naval aviator and fighter pilot, Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of the CIA, Vice President and President, George H.W. Bush dedicated his life to service to our nation and vowed to use his presidency and the power of our nation as “a force for good.” I have had the privilege of knowing the Bush family for years and am incredibly grateful to have met such a genuine, gracious and kind man.
“The United States of America is stronger today because of the selfless service of 41. Ann and I send our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Bush family as they mourn the loss and celebrate the amazing life of George H.W. Bush.”
Senator Marco Rubio
President George H.W. Bush was an American hero, a patriot and a wise and generous man. May he Rest In Peace.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 1, 2018
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis
President Bush amassed prodigious accomplishments and he did it all with uncommon grace, class and honor. Appreciation of his achievements will only continue to grow as the years go by. President Bush was an American hero, a faithful servant and the greatest Yalie of them all.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) December 1, 2018
Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nunez
Sending my deepest condolences to the entire Bush family as we mourn the loss of not only a great President but a great man. Thank you @GeorgeHWBush for your faithful service to our country.
— Jeanette M. Nunez (@LtGovNunez) December 1, 2018
Senate President Bill Galvano
From a young age @GeorgeHWBush dedicated his life to serving our country, setting an example for all Americans. Our prayers are with our friends @JebBush and @ColumbaBush and the entire family. We join you in in celebrating a tremendous life and legacy.
— Senator Bill Galvano (@BillGalvano) December 1, 2018
House Speaker Jose Oliva
— Jose Oliva (@RepJoseOliva) December 1, 2018
Congressman and Former House Speaker Daniel Webster
My heart goes out to my friend @JebBush and the entire Bush family. Thank you for sharing your dad with us. Sandy and I are praying for you all. 2/2
— Daniel Webster (@RepWebster) December 1, 2018
Congressman and former Governor Charlie Crist
George H.W. Bush was the pinnacle of public service in our country. He taught us how to serve with strength, kindness, and decency.
May we always strive to be “kinder, gentler, and wise” in all that we do.
God Bless @JebBush & the Bush family.
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) December 1, 2018