On Friday, George H.W. Bush took his final flight, reuniting with his wife of 73 years, Barbara, and 3-year-old daughter, Robin.
Clarion Ledger cartoonist Marshall Ramsey shows Bush flying his TBM Avenger, the same plane he flew in the Navy during World War II, up into the clouds to join his wife who passed away in April and their young daughter who died from leukemia at age 3 in 1953.
Ramsey’s latest cartoon is a follow-up to his viral cartoon depicting Barbara reuniting with her daughter after decades apart.
“I received a very kind note from President George H.W. Bush’s Chief of Staff for the Barbara Bush cartoon. President Bush was unable to write due to his Parkinson’s, but it was his sentiments. And it was very humble and gracious,” Ramsey said.
When thinking about how to commemorate George H.W. Bush, Ramsey thought of a striking scene from Barbara’s memorial service.
“One moment from Barbara Bush’s passing that struck me was that he greeted every mourner who came to her casket. He sat his wheelchair and showed remarkable strength. It was a powerful and frail moment,” Ramsey said.
Not every cartoon I drew about President Bush was flattering. But the last one is. My prayers are with his friends and family tonight. And the nation. He lived a fascinating life of service. 4/4
— Marshall Ramsey (@MarshallRamsey) December 1, 2018
SOURCE: Kirk A. Bado, USA TODAY