President George H.W. Bush died on Friday, November 30 at the age of 94.
As Americans are remembering the 41st president, some Montanans may recall his visits to Montana in the 1990s.
The first visit was on July 20, 1990, and the second visit was in 1992 when he held an event at Pioneer Park in Billings.
In archived footage, the former president talks about the environment and the national war against drugs.
“Remember Teddy Roosevelt talking about next to the national security of the United States is the kind of state of play, the state of the natural environment that we leave our kids,” Bush said. “You people in Montana have it, you understand it, you’re compatible in terms of growth and building, but you’re always respectful of the outdoors and the environment and I’m here to salute you and wish you all very well indeed. And thanks for this warm Montana welcome, it’s outstanding.”
As suggested by President Donald Trump, Governor Steve Bullock ordered all flags flown in Montana to be displayed at half-staff in honor of the 41st president from Saturday, December 1 until sunset on Sunday, December 30.
Bullock released the following statement:
“George H.W. Bush was a steady hand, a strong leader, and had an unwavering courage defending our American values at home and abroad. He was not afraid to do what was right for the American people, regardless of party. His legacy is a testament to how we should lead.”
U.S. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement about the life of President George H.W. Bush:
“President Bush was a statesman who lived the meaning of service. His deeply held values made him a giant at a time where bitterness and division were all too common. We must remember his legacy and commit ourselves to the kindness he hoped for our nation.”
Congressman Greg Gianforte released this statement following the 41st president’s death:
“America lost a true hero and a dedicated public servant with the passing of President George H. W. Bush. At 18, he served as a Naval Aviator in the Pacific Theater during World War II and later served our country in its highest office. Our hearts are lighter knowing he is reunited with the love of his life, Barbara. As our grateful nation mourns and celebrates President Bush’s remarkable life, Susan and I pray for the Bush family.”
MTN News has reached out to Senator Steve Daines’ office for a statement on the loss of the former president.