George W. Bush: COVID-19 Is No Time For Partisanship
George W. Bush has been remarkably quiet during the Presidency of Donald Trump. The former President and his Father’s refusal to endorse Trump’s candidacy spoke volumes. The decision not to do so likely had a lot to do with Trump’s criticisms of his brother, Jeb.
The 43rd President, however, was reportedly laser focused on the idea that a pandemic could, at one point, strike the United States. Now that it has happened, Bush is urging his fellow Americans to look away from partisanship and come together during this crisis.
Bush made the comments in a video released by his Presidential Center. “Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” he said. “In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants — we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together and we are determined to rise. God bless you all.”
The former President continued, “This is a challenging and solemn time in the life of our nation and world — a remorseless, invisible enemy threatens the elderly and vulnerable among us. A disease that can quickly take breath and life. Medical professionals are risking their own health for the health of others, and we’re deeply grateful.”
Bush closed his statement:
“We cannot allow physical separation to become emotional isolation. This requires us to be not only compassionate but creative in our outreach — and people across the nation are using the tools of technology and the cause of solidarity. ”