LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s congressional delegation, like many other world leader, expressed condolences over the death of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who passed away shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Below are the statements from Nebraska's senators and representatives.
Sen. Fischer: “Bruce and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of President George H.W. Bush. A member of the Greatest Generation, President Bush humbly served the country he loved. George H.W. Bush was a patriot, a leader, and a decent man who had a noble spirit. Our prayers are with his family.”
Sen. Sasse: “President George H.W. Bush served the American people with honor, diligence, and integrity — from his Naval service to the Oval Office. His family knows well the sacrifices required of public service and they have the gratitude of our entire country. Melissa and I now join millions of Americans in holding up all of his children in prayer.”
Rep. Fortenberry: “President Geroge H.W. Bush showed us the virtues of honor in office, dignity and formality. Hearing of his death, I reflected on the story of his dramatic rescue at sea after being shot down over the Pacific during WWII. His passing reminds us again of the Greatest Generation’s dedication to our country’s noblest ideals.”
Rep. Bacon: “My thoughts & prayers go to the Bush family upon the passing of George H. W. Bush. He was a stalwart husband, father, CIA Director, & Ambassador. I especially have reverence for his service as a veteran, American hero, WW2 warrior, & president. He will be missed. Godspeed. “
Rep. Smith: “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. Navy pilot, congressman, ambassador, CIA director, vice president, and president, he was a true public servant and a great man who brought out the best in people. Our prayers are with the Bush family.”
Several other leaders expressed condolences upon hearing the news.
The office of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama said Bush's life was "a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey."
James A. Baker III, former President George H.W. Bush's secretary of state and longtime confidant, said his friend's legacy "will be forever etched in the history of America and the world."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said "George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon. He was a friend to all he met. He embodied class and dignity." Abbott added that "Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss."
President Donald Trump says he'll send Air Force One to Texas to transport the casket of former president to Washington.
Trump says it's a "special tribute" to Bush, who died Friday at age 94. Sending the U.S. military aircraft to transport a former president's remains is also standard practice.
Bush is scheduled to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday through Wednesday, followed by a funeral service at Washington National Cathedral.
The U.S. military aircraft is only called Air Force One when the president is on board, so the aircraft transporting Bush's remains will be designated a Special Air Mission flight.