Aide: 'Put the harps' away, ailing former President George H.W. Bush is in good hands

  • Article by: MICHAEL GRACZYK , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 2:13 AM
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reetnhDec. 27, 12 8:15 AM

Get well Mr. President.

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sternitzkyDec. 27, 12 8:57 AM

Mr. President, may God bless you with a full recovery or peacefully take you home, good and faithful servant.

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mnmaggiemnDec. 27, 12 8:59 AM

Get well soon sir!

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bizsmithDec. 27, 1210:11 AM

Although I was not impressed with his Presidency, I have profound respect for his service to our country in his youth. Get well,sir.

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dmulville72Dec. 27, 1210:42 AM

Like many Presidents, Mr. Bush did some very good things and some pretty bad things...That said, he dutifully served his country his entire life and that is to be commended. Prayers to him and his family. I refuse to politicize his mortality the way other partisans have chosen to.

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dryguy80Dec. 27, 12 2:06 PM

Bush's famous " read my lips" speech and real legacy is apparently known due to the low number of comments.Good job Americans!!

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steavis61067Dec. 27, 12 3:02 PM

@dryguy80 - "Bush's famous " read my lips" speech and real legacy is apparently known due to the low number of comments.Good job Americans!!" ...................................................... Normally, commenting on snide remarks about hospitalized former public servants isn't my style (regardless of party), but apparently you don't know what happened. When the story first posted, there was plenty (i.e. pages) of good comments. Yesterday, the comments section was taken out. Now it is back. Why the Strib did this, I don't know. I'm sure you meant to send former Pres. GHW Bush your regards for his service to his country as a pilot in WWII, to include 58 combat missions and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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lynneploetzDec. 27, 12 5:59 PM

You are in my prayers for healing, Mr. President. Thank you for your life of service to this country. I'm sure you are blessed by the presence of your wonderful family, and when it's your time to go Home you'll see your little Robin again.

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maypowDec. 27, 12 6:15 PM

I do wish him to get well and be with his family...but...what does this tell u about our health care...the former President...spends a week in the hospital, goes home, gets re-admitted for what almost a month....who is paying for that...as a former President, we are...none of regulars could get away with that...but yet his party wants to do away with healthcare for the 98%...

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tmrichardsonDec. 28, 12 1:09 AM

I sure did not agree with him on all matters but strongly believe if today's republican party leadership was full of men like him, we'd all be a lot better off. I still remember his response to the NRA after their outrageous comments following the Oklahoma City bombing, formerly renouncing his long-held NRA membership: "Dear Mr. Washington, I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as "jack-booted thugs." To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as "wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms" wanting to "attack law abiding citizens" is a vicious slander on good people. Al Whicher, who served on my [ United States Secret Service ] detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country -- and serve it well he did. In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi. John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges. The same is true for the F.B.I.'s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond question. Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government's "go ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens." (Your words) I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.'s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns. However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us. You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre's unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list. Sincerely, [ signed ] George Bush "

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