All About the Heartbeat

Former US President George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94, prompting obits noting the demise of a bygone era in American politics.
 
The Economist wrote: “He was schooled in modesty, fond of the small behind-the-scenes gesture rather than the large public show. He belonged to a generation that had no patience for today’s blowhards who, putting self before nation, always push themselves forward.” Peter Baker wrote in the New York Times that Bush’s compromises with a Democratic Congress on everything from civil rights to the environment seem almost impossible to imagine in American politics today.
 
Bush’s granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, wrote on Instagram: “Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything. He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart.” And for Bush, it was "all about heartbeat," as he wrote in a book of letters he published, chronicling topics ranging from his legacy, to the importance of service, to aging with dignity.

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