With the recent passing of former President George H.W. Bush, folks are celebrating the man’s life by sharing stories about him that illuminate the kind of person he really was, including the Secret Service.
In fact, the Secret Service shared a photograph of Bush and recalled a time they witnessed his kindness and compassion on display with an agent’s child who was diagnosed with leukemia.
In 2013, an agent’s bald 2-year-old son, Patrick, was pictured on Bush’s lap. Bush — whose nickname from the Secret Service was “Timberwolf” — had shaved his own head in solidarity with the young leukemia patient.
The Secret Service account shared the moment, captioning it, “Everyone’s #TuesdayThoughts are on President Bush & we wanted to share a memory. In ’13, Timberwolf learned that the 2-year-old son of an agent on his detail was diagnosed with leukemia & the detail was going to shave their heads. You can see what happened, in classic 41 manner.”
Everyone's #TuesdayThoughts are on President Bush & we wanted to share a memory. In '13, Timberwolf learned that the 2-year-old son of an agent on his detail was diagnosed with leukemia & the detail was going to shave their heads. You can see what happened, in classic 41 manner. pic.twitter.com/3Y0vnjNruJ
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 4, 2018
In 2016, Bush’s own Twitter account shared an update of the young man at 6 years old.
Bush wrote, “Incredibly #thankful that my friend Patrick, the courageous young man (with hair!) to my left, is feeling and doing much better these days.”
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) November 21, 2016
Number 41 was certainly a class act, wasn’t he?
This really tells you a lot about who Bush was a person in his private life and not just as a politician. He clearly cared for those who worked his security detail and he did more than just use words to communicate that truth.
He used actions, and as we all know, those are much louder.
The former president’s funeral is to be held on Wednesday in National Cathedral located in D.C. He will then be transported back to his presidential library in Texas, where he’ll be laid to rest next to his wife, Barbara.
They were married for 73 years.