Elder President Bush Saddened By Paterno’s Death

HOUSTON (AP) – Former President George H.W. Bush says he was “deeply saddened” by the death of his friend, ex-Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

The 85-year-old died Sunday from lung cancer. In a statement Bush called Paterno “an outstanding American who was respected not only on the field of play but in life generally.”

The nation’s 41st president says the coach was “a true icon in the world of sports” and he was proud they were friends.

Bush said he and his wife Barbara send their condolences to Paterno’s “devoted wife Suzanne and to his wonderful family.”

Paterno, a Republican and supporter of the elder Bush, was a sainted figure at Penn State for almost half a century.

His career was abruptly halted over how a child sex abuse scandal was handled.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • NiteNurse

    I think we all can excuse Jo-Pa for his lack of action after finding out about child molestation in the locker room. His age and lack of knowledge about such things give him a pass in my opinion. My mother who was in her 80s when she died was shocked to hear such things really could happen. Truely he probably thought what he did was what he was suppose to do. I’m sure he’ll answer to a much higher power now.

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