There was a time in the not-so-distant past when respect, even fondness, for a president crossed both sides of the aisle.
Perhaps no greater example could be the unlikely, but reportedly warm, friendship between Republican President George H.W. Bush and his successor, Democrat Bill Jefferson Clinton.
Both teamed up on humanitarian projects years after both had completed their three combined terms in the White House. Soon after Bush’s death Friday night at age 94, Clinton released a statement through the Clinton Foundation that read, in part:
“I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed. … 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. He never stopped serving. I saw it up close, working with him on tsunami relief in Asia and here at home after Hurricane Katrina. His remarkable leadership and great heart were always on full display. 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.”
That kind of closeness was shared in Hollywood among celebrities, too, who aren’t generally known for straying outside the box of their political beliefs.
Take singer-actress Barbra Streisand who has long supported Democratic candidates, dating back to the day when she sang for President John F. Kennedy early in her career in 1963.
Her recently released album, “Walls,” has been called her “anti-Trump” album.
But on her 2016 tour, she welcomed George and Barbara Bush backstage to her concert in Texas and had shared and posted many kind words about the warmth she felt toward them
Friday night, she shared the photo again on Twitter. “Two years ago this week, I was honored to invite our 41st President and First Lady to my first ever concert in Texas. They came to my dressing room before the show and we exchanged gifts. I’m glad he and Barbara are together again. RIP.”
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SOURCE: Miami Herald, by Howard Cohen