A onetime political rival of Bush, Dole paid tribute to the 41st president earlier this week, describing his fellow World War II veteran as a “cherished servant leader” who “answered the call to serve whenever the nation needed him.”
Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, described the salute as “a last, powerful gesture of respect from one member of the Greatest Generation, Senator Dole, to another.”
THIS is what makes AMERICA GREAT— USMarine4Life (@WarVeteranUSMC) December 4, 2018
The 95-year-old Dole ― who was seriously wounded during a 1945 battle in Italy ― told CNN that under Bush’s presidency, “three-fourths of Congress were veterans and we would stick together and work across the aisle.”
“And President Bush was a bipartisan president. So we got quite a lot done,” he said.
Just incredible. Thank you Senator Dole. https://t.co/yhKG4DLCQU— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 4, 2018
This brought tears to my eyes as I watched @SenatorDole stand to salute @GeorgeHWBush - both heroes, both examples of respect, honor, strength, bravery, grace - all things we need more of right now. God Bless you Senator Dole, & God Bless President Bush #41— angelina (@Ina3Angel) December 4, 2018
Now, this is class. Thank you, Senator Dole.— Patrick Kenedy (@patrickkenedy1) December 4, 2018
Makes me nostalgic for the days when even the politicians I couldn't stand had some dignity.— GSeabhac of House Snark #ITMFA (@GSeabhac) December 4, 2018
Oh my God.... such dignity -- in a building and city now infested with such corruption, cowardice, and hypocrisy. At least 41 won't have to worry anymore about what happened to us.#Remembering41— Bad Samaritan (@HurricaneAlice) December 4, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.