This blog generally steers clear of politics, unless taking a stand on a policy issue regarding our industry. Today’s post features a famous politician but it’s not about politics. Today’s Good News Monday celebrates the fact that George and Barbara Bush have dedicated their lives to public service.

I case you didn’t know, George Herbert Walker Bush has always felt called to public service. He joined the Navy to fight in World War II, where his plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. After the war, when he first moved to Texas – long before he was famous and had a platform from which to speak – he helped form Little League Baseball teams and fund a YMCA. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives, and later served as Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of CIA, special envoy to China (before we had an official ambassador there), Vice President and eventually President. Through those positions and more, he was an up close witness to nearly every major world event in the latter half of the 20th century. In many cases, he actually influenced historical events of the period. Barbara has immersed herself in charitable efforts, including tireless work on the cause of literacy. Their service to their community, state and nation may never again be matched.

On top of all that, George and Barbara Bush have raised five kids and 17 grandchildren. They remain active in causes for which they care deeply. And they do it all with extraordinary class and dignity. If anyone could be forgiven for having developed a good-sized ego, it would be these two. Yet they are totally unpretentious and even humble. Their example to others is today’s Good News.


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