(StrictlyNews.com) – Bipartisan tributes are streaming in for Colin Powell, who died today at the age of 84. Powell served as the country’s first African American National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State.
Here are just a few of the many tributes from current and former U.S. officials.
Former Vice President Mike Pence: “Colin Powell was a true American Patriot who served our Nation with distinction in uniform, as a four-star general, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and as 65th Secretary of State. Karen and I are praying for his wife, Alma, and the entire Powell family.”
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO): “Colin Powell lived an exemplary life of service. May his family be comforted in knowing that his life and legacy lives on.”
Chairman Jaime Harrison, Democratic National Committee: “This is hitting me hard. Colin Powell was a statesman who put his country and family above all else. As a young Black man, he inspired me and showed that there are no limits to what we can be or achieve.”
Former President George W. Bush: “He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier in Vietnam. … He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice.”
Alexander Vindman: “Colin Powell was the epitome of a soldier-statesman. Agree with him or not, he was a patriot committed to public service and doing his very best to advance U.S. interests. He left an indelible mark on the U.S. Military and this nation. May his memory be a blessing.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III: “It will be impossible to replace Gen. Colin Powell. He was a tremendous personal friend and mentor to me, and there’s a hole in my heart right now as I think about his loss. My thoughts and prayers today are with his family, and I want them to know I will miss him dearly.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT): “Today, the nation lost a man of undaunted courage and a champion of character. A statesman and trailblazer, devoted to America and the cause of liberty, Colin Powell’s legacy of service and honor will long inspire. Ann and I offer our love and sincere condolences to Alma and his family.”
Former Vice President Al Gore: “Colin Powell was an inspiring leader, trailblazer, role model and committed public servant. Alongside hundreds of millions, I always respected his exemplary military service and his choice to put country over party. My thoughts are with Alma and their children in this difficult time.”
Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Colin Powell lived his life being first but always put himself second – to his country, to his soldiers, to his family. May his selflessness and patriotism inspire all of us, every day.”
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