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  • File From left, Barbara Bush, Vice President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Sen. Dan Quayle, daughter Corinne Quayle, wife Marilyn Quayle and sons Ben and Tucker Quayle wave to supporters in Huntington after George Bush selected Dan Quayle to be his running mate in the 1988 presidential election.

Sunday, December 02, 2018 1:00 am

Quayle, others offer praise of late president

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Current and former federal officials from Indiana on Saturday lauded former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at 94, for his lengthy government career, World War II military service, leadership style, character and devotion to family.

Dan Quayle, a former Republican U.S. representative and senator from Huntington who was Bush's vice president from 1989 through 1992, said in a statement that Bush “was a completely genuine, decent and honorable person. What's more, he went into and out of the office as absolutely the same man. I think that exemplifies his character.”

Quayle also said: “I have often told my children 'If you want a role model in your life – look to President George Herbert Walker Bush.' The world mourns the loss of a great American. But, it also celebrates a life well lived.”

Vice President Mike Pence – Indiana's first vice president since Quayle – said in a statement: “His years in Congress, as a diplomat, CIA Director and Vice President of the United States were characterized by modesty, integrity, and patriotism. His years as the 41st President of the United States left America and the world more peaceful, prosperous and secure.”

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, a former U.S. representative who replaced Quayle in both the House and the Senate, said Bush “was and remains widely beloved by the women and men of the Intelligence Community,” according to the Indianapolis Star. 

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, tweeted that Bush “was an American hero who served the country he loved in so many ways throughout his life. He modeled compassion and civility in victory and defeat. He was a patriot in the truest sense.”

Banks also tweeted: “Remarkable life, leader and legacy. Much my generation can learn from George HW Bush's gentlemanly approach to politics.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., tweeted that Bush “served our country with honor and distinction for more than forty years, while inspiring us all as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His leadership and example made our country a better place.”

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said in a statement that Bush “modeled exceptional character, humility, and resolve” and had  “bravely risked his life in World War II.” 

Young also said, “During turbulent moments in our history, President Bush unified and steadied our nation and our allies in the pursuit of common purpose.”

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, said in a statement about Bush, “I am grateful for his steady leadership and his unwavering commitment to freedom, peace, and the security of the American people.”

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb directed that flags across the state be flown at half-staff for 30 days to honor Bush.

Holcomb said on Twitter that Bush “was an exceptional man who led the nation with both courage and kindness.”

Rep. Bob Latta, a Republican who represents northwest Ohio, said in a statement about Bush: “His time in public service was characterized by his honesty, his humility, and his leadership. He guided the United States through the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.”

bfrancisco@jg.net