The world is remembering George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
Back in 1988, the then-candidate pitched his “family values” campaign right here in Central Illinois …
“And I am so pleased to end up my Illinois swing right here in Chillicothe, middle America with the strongest values that exist,” said Bush.
From that Chillicothe rally, he went on to become the 41st president.
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood spoke Monday about Bush. LaHood was the chief of staff for Rep. Bob Michel, the House Republican Leader during the first Bush administration.
“Well, I think it’s the end of an era,” said LaHood. “Certainly, President Bush was one of the greatest generations, not only the greatest generations of those who went off to war and came back and really decided that public service was going to be his way of life, but certainly one of the greatest generations of presidents to serve.”
President George H.W. Bush also gave the commencement speech at Monmouth in 2000.