Former US Presidents Commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Life And Service
PARIS, France - Fourteen US President served during the Queen's seven-decade reign, and the living former Presidents are releasing statements of condolence following her death.
Former President Barack Obama, in a joint statement with first lady Michelle Obama, said they are 'awed by her legacy of thireless, dignified public service'.
'Michelle and I were lucky enough to come to know Her Majesty, and she meant a great deal to us', the Obamas wrote.
''Back when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. Time and again, we were struck by her warmth', they added.
Former President Donald Trump also issued a statement on the death of the Queen, writing in part, 'her leadership and enduring diplomacy secured and advanced alliances with the United States and countries around the world. However, she will always be remembered for her faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women'.
'Melania and I will always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty's generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. What a grand and beautiful lady she was - there was nobody like her!' Trump also said.
Meanwhile, 43rd President George Bush wrote that 'spending time at Buckingham Palace, and having tea with Her Majesty - and her Corgis - is among our fondest memories of the presidency'.
'Laura and I were honored to have known Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a woman of great intellect, charm, and wit', he wrote.
'Queen Elizabeth ably led England through dark moments with her confidence in her people and her vision for a bright tomorrow. Our world benefitted from her steady resolve, and we are grateful for her decades of service as sovereign, Bush added.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marked Queen Elizabeth's passing by remembering her as a someone with 'unfailing grace, dignity, and genuine care for the welfare of all its people'.
'In sunshine or storm, she was a source of stability, serenity, and strength', they said in a statement provided to CNN by a Clinton spokesperson.