The message went out late on Friday night: George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, had died.
He came to the presidency, of course, after serving two terms as Vice President under Ronald Reagan.
Perhaps the most illuminating moment of his leadership style came on March 30, 1981, when President Reagan was shot in an attempted assassination.
The Vice President was flying to the Southwest to speak. When he was returning to D.C., it became clear: Reagan was facing mortal danger.
Officials wanted Bush to land by helicopter at the White House, but the image of that, of course, is presidential. Bush refused.
He said: “There is one President of the United States, and he is Ronald Reagan, and he is going to pull through this. I will go by car.” And thus, the Vice President arrived at by car in a motorcade, the way he would have any other day.
That was the sort of man George H. W. Bush was: A man of modesty.