Jimmy Carter: George H.W. Bush's administration was marked by 'grace, civility, and social conscience'

Former President Jimmy Carter mourned the death of former President George H.W. Bush on Saturday, saying his administration was "marked by grace, civility, and social conscience."

“Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the death of former President George H.W. Bush," Carter wrote, referring to his wife.

"His administration was marked by grace, civility, and social conscience," he continued. "Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community volunteerism as a cherished responsibility."


Bush's family announced the former president's death Friday in a statement released by his son, former President George W. Bush. No cause of death has been given. He was 94 years old.

In a statement, Bush praised his father as a “man of the highest character.”

“George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,” he wrote in a statement announcing his father's death. “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens."

Carter is now the oldest living former U.S. president.

Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' WANTED: A Republican with courage Democratic leaders' impeachment tightrope MORE, who beat out George H.W. Bush in his bid for a second term in the heated 1992 presidential election, praised his predecessor early Saturday.

"I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed," he wrote. "From the moment I met him as a young governor invited to his home in Kennebunkport, I was struck by the kindness he showed to Chelsea, by his innate and genuine decency, and by his devotion to Barbara, his children, and their growing brood."

Former President Obama lauded Bush as "a patriot and humble servant" with "a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE praised Bush's humility and "unflappable leadership."