'An inspiration’: Mid-South politicians remember George H.W. Bush

'An inspiration’: Mid-South politicians remember George H.W. Bush

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Across the nation and around the world, condolences continue to pour in for the nation’s 41st president, George H.W. Bush.

He died at 94 years old Friday, surrounded by family and friends.

He’s been called a public servant, statesman, and war hero.

"President Bush steered the United States and the world to a peaceful transition at the end of the Cold War, and to the expansion of democracy,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Across the Mid-South, political leaders are also remembering the former president.

Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee called Bush "an inspiration to anyone who came into contact with him."

Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn called him a "great leader who served this country his entire life."

Even politicians across the aisle like Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen called Bush a "statesman," "patriot" and "class act."

The Shelby County Democratic Party released this statement on his passing:

“Despite our policy differences, we acknowledge with gratitude the wonderful example of public service that his entire life provided. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.”

Bush's family expressed gratitude at the outpouring of support.

"Well first of all, there have been amazing outreach from friends and citizens from this community and around the country and around the world, expressing condolences for the life of a great man,” said son Neil Bush.

The elder Bush visited the Bluff City several times as both vice-president and president.

Now, as many around the nation grieve his loss, flags across Memphis and other parts of the Mid-South are at half-staff honoring a man and a public servant.

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