December 27, 2012

Bush 41: President George H. W. Bush Hospitalized In ICU

Our 41st President George H.W. Bush

Get Well Soon!

As some people may know, and many do not, I grew up in a rabidly Republican household. In many respects it was more Rockefeller Republican, than the current iteration of Republican, but it was the GOP all the same. My migration to the progressive cause was slow largely due to my upbringing.


President George Herbert Walker Bush was a statesman who was respected around the world. He knew the ins and outs of Congress as well as anyone, and could work with Republicans and Democrats. In fact he lost his re-election bid in part, because of his deal with Democrats to raise taxes.

I have a soft spot in my heart for our 41st President, and his wife George Washington as well. (On a serious note, Barbara Bush is pretty fantastic in her own right.)

President George H.W. Bush was the first president I ever met in person, in the flesh, and I shook his hand and got to look in his eyes. He was warm, funny, super smart, and not the best verbal communicator. Regardless, he was a good president who I admired and liked and respected. He appointed openly gay men and lesbians to his administration. He was honest and fair in my estimation.

Our oldest living former US President has been in the hospital for a few weeks, and apparently took a turn for the worse, and is now in intensive care. He is 89 years old and has had a hard time getting around of late. While his limbs have bothered him, and limited his mobility of late, his mind is still sharp. Barbara makes sure of that.

I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to Bush 41. I think history will be very kind to the patriarch of the Bush family. He was the last true statesman to occupy the White House, and the last president who was very respected on both sides of the aisle.

This is the Navy Hymn that I know the President loves. It might sound maudlin to some civilian ears, but “Eternal Father” has provided hope and great comfort for countless numbers of US Navy personnel on shore and at sea. The President likes the second verse especially.

Eternal Father: The Navy Hymn    

   
Lyrics by Reverend William Whiting and Music by Reverend John B. Dyke


Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep,
Its own appointed limits keep.

Oh hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea! Amen.

Eternal Father, lend Thy grace To
those with wings who fly thro' space,
Thro wind and storm, thro' sun and rain,
Oh bring them safely home again.

Oh Father, hear an humble prayer,
For those in peril in the air! Amen.

Oh Trinity of love and pow'r,
Our brethren shield in danger's hour,
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them where so e'er they go.

Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea! Amen.

President Bush - get well soon!



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