DALLAS — George H.W. Bush teamed up with one-time rival and fellow former President Bill Clinton to raise money for victims of natural disasters. He also created a program that has honoured thousands of American volunteers.
It was all part of Bush’s vision for what he called a “kinder, gentler nation.”
Bush was a humanitarian and made volunteerism a hallmark of his presidency from 1989 to 1993. His “thousand points of light” initiative honoured the nation’s volunteers.
When he accepted his party’s nomination for president, he said he was guided by certain traditions. He said: “One is that there is a God and He is good, and His love, while free, has a self-imposed cost: We must be good to one another.”
The former president died late Friday at his Houston home. He was 94.
Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press