George H.W. Bush (1924 -2018) Tribute List

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on November 30, 2018 at the age of 94. President Bush served his country in World War II, as Director of the C.I.A., and as Vice-President before being elected President in 1988. While he was not regarded as the most eloquent public speaker, these quotes display a folksy charm that endeared him to many.

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  1. animosity
    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
    We must recognize an unfortunate fact: In many regions of the world tonight, the reality is conflict, not peace. Enduring animosities and opposing interests remain. And thus, the cause of peace must be served by an America strong enough and sure enough to defend our interests and our ideals.
    — State of the Union Address, (Jan 31, 1990)
  2. beacon
    shine like a light that can be seen from a distance
    If I am elected president, I will never apologize for the United States. I will strengthen her and make her a beacon of freedom and liberty!
    — From a campaign stop in Philadelphia, reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer ( Apr 26, 1988)
  3. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
    We're headed the right way, but we cannot rest. We're a people whose energy and drive have fueled our rise to greatness. And we're a forward-looking nation—generous, yes, but ambitious, not for ourselves but for the world. Complacency is not in our character—not before, not now, not ever.
    — Address to Congress (Feb 9, 1989)
  4. despotism
    dominance through threat of punishment and violence
    Yet freedom is not the same as independence. Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local despotism. They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred.
    — Speech to a session of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine (Aug 1, 1990)
  5. flamboyant
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
    I am not one ...who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around.
    — To journalists (Aug 11, 1990)
  6. ingenuity
    the power of creative imagination
    I know this about the American people: We welcome competition. We'll match our ingenuity, our energy, our experience and technology, our spirit and enterprise against anyone.
    — State of The Union Address (Jan 31, 1990)
  7. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
    I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of [CIA] sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors.
    — From a speech (Apr 26, 1999)
  8. singular
    unusual or striking
    There are singular moments in history, dates that divide all that goes before from all that comes after.
    — State of the Union Address (Jan 31, 1990)
  9. totalitarian
    of a government with an authority exerting absolute control
    A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
    — Inaugural Address (Jan 20, 1989)
  10. waffle
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    If you believe that there's a being superior to yourself and that will guide you, strengthen you that helps a lot but, you know, you just have to stay the course. You just got to stay in there. You cannot be waffling or taking a poll to see what people think. You have to do what you think is right.
    — From an interview with Larry King (Sep 5, 2005)

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