George W. Bush Shares Thoughts After Colin Powell’s Death

by Samantha Whidden
President George W. Bush (center) meets with his cabinet at the White House, including Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (right). Behind them is National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. (Photo by ������ Brooks Kraft/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Following the news that Colin Powell has died at the age of 84, 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, has officially issued a statement about the former United States Secretary of State’s passing. 

“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell,” President Bush wrote in his statement. “He was a great public servant. Starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam.”

President Bush revealed that many U.S. Presidents have relied on Colin Powell’s counsel and experience throughout the years. “He was National Security Adviser under President Reagan; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton; and Secretary of State during my Administration.”

The 43rd President of the United States then noted that Colin Powell was such a favorite of Presidents. Powell even received a Presidential Medal of Freedom twice. The former Secretary of State was also respected at home as well as abroad. “And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”

As previously reported, Colin Powell passed away from complications associated with COVID-19. His family confirmed that he was fully vaccinated. “We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great America.”

Along with battling COVID-19, Colin Powell also reportedly had multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells.

Other Former World Leaders Speak Out About Colin Powell’s Passing

Along with President Bush, 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, issued a statement about Colin Powell’s passing. “Rosalynn and I join so many around the world in mourning the loss of General Colin Powell. A true patriot and public servant. We were honored to work beside him to strengthen communities in the United States.”

President Carter also stated that Colin Powell hoped to resolve conflict in Haiti. He also observed elections in Jamaica. “His courage and integrity will be an inspiration for generations to come. We will keep his family in our prayers during this difficult time.”

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair referred to Powell as a “towering figure in American military and political leadership.”

Blair stated that Powell inspired loyalty and respect. “His life stands as a testament not only to dedicated public service. But also a strong belief in willingness to work across the partisan division in the interests of his country.”

Former Vice President, Dick Chaney, shared that Colin Powell had a “remarkably distinguished” career. “I was fortunate to work with him. He was a man who loved his country. He served her long and well.”