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Local doctor remembers former president George H.W. Bush

Dr. Grace Shu, of the U.S. Public Health Service Advisor and Chairman for Asian American Voters Coalition, smiles as she remembers her friend, President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday.

“President Bush 41 was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” Shu said.  “At the same time, he was very smart, very dedicated, and had a strong moral compass.”  

Shu served on The National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, during his administration.

“President Bush cared very deeply for those who needed better access to quality health care, especially in minority and underserved communities, including the disabled.  In fact, he cared about minority communities overall.  For example, President Bush signed into law that the month of May would be Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month, he had the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, and the first African-American Secretary of Health & Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan,” Shu said ” History will always remember President Bush 41. May God be with and comfort his family during this difficult time.” 

President Bush had invited Shu to meetings and ceremonies at the White House, including in the Rose Garden and in the Oval Office.  Dr. Shu’s older son, John Shu, J.D. served in the Bush White House.   

 “To this day, the Kuwaitis continue to deeply appreciate President Bush 41,” Shu observed. “The United States, and the world, should always remember this great president and World War II hero who led by example and with his love and dedication to America and her constitution.”