One, in particular, I shall never forget, where a British citizen remarked, “How wonderful for you to publicly declare your love of country!” I also remember his kindness toward and appreciation of staff, at every level. How President and Mrs. Bush would delay departure to Texas during the Holidays so that USSS agents would have time for family. That was Bush 41. Unabashedly proud of our country and considerate of others. I later worked for his son, Bush 43, as an Assistant Commerce Secretary for Trade and, then, Vice Chair at Ex-Im Bank. So when I went to the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, I joined so many Americans in saying thank you, President Bush, for your dedicated and principled leadership and for your love of country. And I expressed gratitude for the opportunity he gave me to experience and appreciate the nobility of public service. It is my hope that many young people who came to know President Bush through the stories and tributes of these last few days will also be encouraged to serve our great country.
Linda Mysliwy Conlin
President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia