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Americans are mourning the death of the 41st President of the United States.

George Herbert Walker Bush, whose long life in the public sphere was defined by service to his country, died at the age of 94.

Many are remembering the life of Bush 41 including one former Guam senator who met him during his visit to the territory back in the 1980s.

“He appears to be very compassionate, relaxed and very attentive and caring,” recalls former Guam Sen. Carmen Kasperbauer.

She remembers the day she sat down and met with Bush.

“He was vice president under President Reagan when he came here and I was in the legislature,” she said.

It was 1981. Gov. Paul Calvo led the meeting with Bush at Government House.

“We were very touched that he was able to come and meet with us,” she said.

The talk surrounding a variety of issues the territory was facing.

“He’ very sensitive to the local people and he knew the suffering that most of us had went through with second world war because he was in the military and fought in the military,” Kasperbauer said. “And so he was very apologetic when I was talking to him about the things that happened during the war and after the war and the land taking.”

Following Bush's passing late Friday, Gov. Eddie Calvo ordered flags be flown at half staff

 "Through his career as a Navy pilot, congressman, CIA director, vice president and then President of our nation, President Bush was a patriot who believed, not just in the greatness of an American nation, but in the great responsibility that comes with being the leader of the free world,” Calvo said.

Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio added, "He was a leader and a diplomat who guided our nation through intense periods in global affairs."

CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres shared his condolences calling Bush an unselfish leader, and a humble man who led our nation through seven decades of public service as a Naval aviator and as a government official.

Congressman-elect Michael San Nicolas stated, "The loss of President George H.W. Bush is felt by the entire country. The people of Guam join the rest of America in this time of mourning, and convey their respectful sympathies to the Bush family."

Air Force One arrived to Ellington Field in Texas over the weekend in preparation to fly Bush's remains to Washington, DC. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. Bush's custom-painted train Bush 4141 will take him on a final ride back home where he will be buried next to his wife, Barbara, in College Station, Texas.

"I feel like he was a really great leader who knows how to listen to people or anybody," Kasperbauer said. "And I don't think we had a lot of leadership like that in the country and God bless his soul and his wife."

 

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