George W. Bush issues Statement After U.S. Icon’s Death

( Former President George W. Bush issued a statement on Wednesday following the death of his former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

Rumsfeld served two non-consecutive terms as the Secretary of Defense under two different administrations and was widely considered to be the architect of America’s response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. He even famously dragged injured people out of the Pentagon building after the al Qaeda terror attack.

In Bush’s statement, he said that both he and former First Lady Laura Bush were saddened to hear of his passing and that they send their deepest sympathy to Joyce, his wife, and their children.

He described how Rumsfeld led a “busy and purposeful life,” between his time as a Naval officer, a member of Congress, and a “distinguished” cabinet official who worked in a number of administrations. Bush also praised him as a strong business leader, the founder of a charitable organization, and even an app developer.

Bush said he was “good-humored and big-hearted” and a “faithful steward” of the Armed Forces.

He added that as the nation’s Commander in Chief, he appreciated the way Don took his work personally and always looked out for the interests of American servicemen and women.

He also described how he brought much-needed and timely reforms to the Defense Department, and introduced a management style that promoted the importance of accountability and original thinking.

The legendary American government official died at age 88, just a week before his 89th birthday – and even as a controversial figure for some, he will go down in history as one of the most influential defense secretaries in history.