President Bush tributes are well deserved

I was honored and privileged to have been in the presence of three U.S. presidents.

One of those meetings was up close and personal. In 1989, George H.W. Bush presented me with a citation that I was awarded while serving as a Navy officer.

Because of that connection, I very closely followed his career ever since, even visiting his presidential library and museum in College Station, Texas.

Everything being said about him since his death last Friday has been positive and well de­served. He was a young WWII hero who later distinguished himself as an extraordinary public servant and humani­tarian.

He conducted himself with dignity, reserve and humility, characteristics not easily iden­tified in today’s presiden­tial environment.

Our country is well served when people like George H.W. Bush are elected to leadership positions.

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. James E. Wentz

McLean, Virginia