George H.W. Bush is being remembered as a calm leader in a turbulent time. He was in office when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet empire imploded, and he built the international coalition that defeated Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the Gulf War.
From the moment his death was announced Friday night, though, the most striking memories shared by those who knew the first President Bush were not of his accomplishments, but of his warm personality. They recalled the endless notes of encouragement and thanks he sent to those he encountered, his inability to hide tears and his fierce love of family.
“There was a kindness about the man that was evident to everyone who ever met him,” Vice President Mike Pence said at a memorial service.
There also has been broad agreement that Bush was not just a good man, but a pretty good president. Maybe there was some connection.