Leaders from across the country are mourning the passing of President George H.W. Bush — this, as planning is underway for a funeral service in the nation’s capital.
Sitting President Donald Trump, has declared a national day of mourning for this upcoming Wednesday, in honor of Bush and his widely remembered legacy.
The president is just one of countless people remembering the life of the 41st commander in chief — many describe Bush as a statesman, a patriot, and principled.
Politicians past and present, spread across the political spectrum, began their condolescnes and messages of admiration in the early hours of Saturday morning, after the announcement of his passing around 12 a.m.
The White House posted a heartfelt statement from President Trump and his wife, Melania, honoring the work of Bush Sr., during an era of transition.
“With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the cold war. As president, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed,” read the statement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also shared her feelings on the matter.
"We will all remember his great humility, unwavering compassion, deep faith, and extraordinary kindness, in and out of the political arena," Pelosi wrote.
Throughout his later years, Bush formed a close relationship with the man who beat him in 1992 — Bill Clinton.
"Few Americans have been — or will ever be — able to match President Bush’s record of service to the United States, and the joy he took every day from it ... I am profoundly grateful for every minute I spent with President Bush and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts," read a statement from The Clintons.
Bill also published a warming letter to Bush, Saturday morning in The Washington Post.
The 41st president's dedication to service was noted by many online, including the Navy.
They tweeted in response to the news, “fair winds and following seas, sir, we have the watch.”
Bush is expected to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda for now, with a funeral service planned at the National Cathedral just a short drive from there.
President Trump, who has had an at times contentious relationship with the former president, and who did not go to the funeral of Bush’s wife, says he will attend.