The 43rd U.S. president George Herbert Walker Bush died at the age of 94 at his Houston home late Friday last week.
Country music legend, Randy Travis was indeed a friend of the former president. In fact, he wrote his 1991 hit, “Point of Light” for George Bush’s “Thousand Points of Light” initiative highlighting America’s spirit of volunteerism.
Randy Travis went on to befriend the former Navy pilot who served as U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, after two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president. In a statement released last Saturday, the living legend said:
"The world lost a wonderful human being whose greatest concern was for others, and for that which is right. President George Bush, Sr.’s steady leadership encouraged us all to work together to make a difference in his 'Thousand Points of Light' initiative, which I was blessed to be a part of."
Randy Travis also said that his relationship with the Bush family continued to for years to come. Not only that, but the country star also attended George Bush’s 80th birthday.
"President Bush served our country well. He laughed often and lived well. He collected accomplishments, not accolades. His example as a faithful Christian father, friend, and family man never wavered. Thank you, sir, for the difference you made in my life and millions of others." – Randy Travis
Larry Gatlin also was a friend to George Bush. The became friends during his presidential campaign. Thereafter, he went to perform several times at the White House. However, Gatlin first met Bush decades before that. It was when he performed at a campaign event for Bush’s failed run for Congress in 1964.
Now Larry Gatlin told a story about how they met back in 1980 at the White House. Gatlin said “Hello,” then,
"He stuck out his hand and said: 'Hey Larry Gatlin, you're one of those little snotty nose kids who sang for my campaign in Odessa in 1964. I said: 'Yessir I am.' He said: 'It worked out better this time. We won!' Rest in peace, old friend."
The Gatlin Brothers went on to develop a friendship with Bush, performing multiple times for his campaigns and at the White House.