A touching tribute by the U.S. Secret Service shows the genuine character of the 41st president toward those around him, even in the years after his presidency.
The Secret Service posted a photo of former President George H.W. Bush — or “Timberwolf,” which was his code name with the agency — in 2013 when he shaved his head bald after learning that an agent’s 2-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia, saying the move was “in classic 41 manner.”
The photo shows Bush sitting with the young boy, who also didn’t have hair on his head, along with another photo of multiple other agents who had shaved their heads in support.
Everyone’s #TuesdayThoughts are on President Bush & we wanted to share a memory. In ’13, Timberwolf learned that the 2-year-old son of an agent on his detail was diagnosed with leukemia & the detail was going to shave their heads. You can see what happened, in classic 41 manner. pic.twitter.com/3Y0vnjNruJ
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 4, 2018
“Everyone’s #TuesdayThoughts are on President Bush,” the agency tweeted as the nation mourns the loss of the former president. Thousands of people have filed through the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in recent days to pay their respects to Bush.
The Secret Service sent its “heartfelt condolences” when the news broke of Bush’s death.
“Timberwolf, you defined patriotism and leadership throughout your life of service to this country and you will be sorely missed,” it wrote.
Watch the video below:
The Secret Service sends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Former President George H.W. Bush. Timberwolf, you defined patriotism and leadership throughout your life of service to this country and you will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/qof2DRNX0B
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 1, 2018
In continuing the celebration of Bush’s life, the nation’s capital has set aside Wednesday as the national day of mourning, with the memorial service held at 11 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral.