He mended America
Through grace under pressure
He through a miracle
Improved the free world we treasure
He was candid and tough
Of firm mind, an example
Rooted in humor and trust
He lifted nations and people
In the midst of great terror
When hysteria could rise
He inspired hearts to be tender
And brought down walls and built ties
He transformed the economy
Turned enemies into friends
His accomplishments were many
The best, his example he lends
He had providence with him
As from God's word, he often spoke
We know that this great pilgrim
Knew Heaven's welcome as dawn broke
He died June 5, 2004
As a nation we were remembering DDay's 60 year anniversary the next day.President Bush was in Paris, France honoring the heroes of WWll.
President Bush responded to Reagan's death in Paris, France, where he is on tour to honor the heroes of World War II on the weekend of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
"He leaves behind a nation he restored and a world he helped save. During the years of President Reagan, America laid to rest an era of division and self-doubt, and, because of his leadership, the world laid to rest an era of fear and tyranny," Bush said. (Bush statement)
Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, said "history will give Reagan great credit for standing for principles."
"It was wonderful the way that he could take a stand, and do it without bitterness or without creating enmity with other people," said the elder Bush, who was Reagan's vice president.