Bush and Baker on Robert A. Mosbacher
We posted this morning an obituary of the oil man and former Secretary of Commerce Robert A. Mosbacher. A fundraiser for the GOP, and a proponent of free trade with Mexico, he and his third wife Georgette were stalwarts of the Washington social whirl during his time in the administration.
We don't tend to quote the glowing words that politicians send in about fellow politicians but I thought blog readers might be interested in two statements that arrived today:
Statement of James A. Baker, III:
Bob Mosbacher did everything with a special strength, dignity, and drive to be the best -- from being a world-class sailor, to an extraordinarily successful oil-and-gas man, to a tremendous public servant who fought hard for issues he believed were important to his country. The United States, and indeed the world, is a better place because of his dedication to free trade, and especially his hard work to win passage of NAFTA.
I was fortunate to have known Bob on many levels -- political campaigns for several presidents, service in the cabinet of President George H.W. Bush, and on the golf courses of Houston. Wherever he was, what you saw with Bob was what you got. He always provided candor, intelligence, and a special sense of joy for life that was Texas-sized in its grandness. My wife Susan and I are saddened by his death. We have lost a special friend, and our prayers are with his family.
Statement by former President George H.W. Bush:
Barbara and I feel a profound sense of personal grief over the death of our dear friend Bob Mosbacher, a close friend of some 50 years who helped us, and guided us, and lifted us up in so many different ways. As good as he was at political fundraising -- as he was certainly the very best at that -- Bob meant so much more to us.
Together we shared a journey that led to the presidency, the mountaintop of American politics, and there we worked together to help America more fully embrace the world around us and compete in the newly emerging global markets that the waning Cold War made accessible. No doubt, Bob will be remembered as one the most effective Commerce Secretaries in our Nation's history.
Bob Mosbacher was an honorable and a first-rate businessman, and perhaps the shrewdest dealmaker I ever knew. But more than that, Bob was a true Point of Light, someone who generously helped so many different causes -- but never seeking the limelight. I think particularly of his spearheading the Odyssey Academy Charter School in Galveston as exemplary of Bob's penchant for helping others in need. And of course, we worked together with such joy to help support our beloved M.D. Anderson in the battle against cancer. Few, if any, ever did more for that groundbreaking institution than Bob.
Bob Mosbacher was a patriot, a lover of the sea, and a loving family man. Barbara and I have already sent our condolences to his wife Mica, his children, and his grandkids -- and assured them of Bob's place of honor in our Nation's history. We loved him very much. He will be sorely and deeply missed.
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