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Dec 5, 2018

Terwilliger, Donatelli Interviewed on Passing of President George H. W. Bush

In separate Dec. 3 televised interviews, McGuireWoods partner George Terwilliger and McGuireWoods Consulting senior advisor Frank Donatelli shared their memories of the late President George H.W. Bush. 

In a Fox News interview, Terwilliger – a former U.S. attorney general who’s now a member of McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department in Washington, D.C. – spoke about the late president’s leadership style. He said Bush was an inspirational leader, but in a different way than Ronald Reagan.

“I think that the lesson of his leadership is that everyone has to lead in their own style,” Terwilliger said. “The person that he was, was the most essential characteristic of his leadership in my view, because it’s shown through in everything he did.”

Terwilliger remarked on Bush’s “compassionate conservatism,” but noted that he could also be tough.

Donatelli, also a partner in the law firm in D.C., worked on Bush’s presidential campaign and was a member of the White House staff in the Reagan/Bush administration. In an interview with WUSA 9, he recalled his memories of the late president.

“What I think about when I think about President Bush is service to country and also his kindness and decency to friend and foe alike,” Donatelli said. “And his willingness to reach across the aisle to find solutions to America’s problems.” 

“He managed the end of the Cold War brilliantly, without firing a shot. … Didn’t anger the hardliners in the Soviet Union,” said Donatelli. “It is one of the most important things Bush did for the country.”