August 11th, 2010
02:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Bush calls Mrs. Stevens

Former President George W. Bush called former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' wife on Wednesday.
Former President George W. Bush called former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' wife on Wednesday.

(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush called Catherine Stevens, widow of former Sen. Ted Stevens on Wednesday, to express his condolences about the plane crash that took the former Alaska lawmaker's life on Monday night.

Bush spoke to Stevens around 12:30 p.m. CT, according to Bush spokesman David Sherzer.

The former president put out a statement on Tuesday saying he and former First Lady Laura Bush were "deeply saddened" by the death of Stevens and the four other people who died in the crash.

"Ted served our country with great distinction," Bush said in the statement. "We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were lost, and we are praying for the health and well-being of the survivors."


Filed under: George W. Bush • Ted Stevens
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Ted served our country with great distinction,"

    Distinction. Indeed. His ethics violations set him apart as greatly distinct from those politicians who do not behave in an unethical manner. In that way, he, like Rangle, Ensign and others, are quite disinguished.

    August 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    where are mr. obama's call?

    August 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Ed L

    How touching! The WAR CRIMINAL calls the widow of a crooked politician.... I bet she was MOVED....

    August 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. john

    First off who is this clown to disrespect the office of the president??Second off,people should ignore his ignorance because he is just trying to make a name for himself off of Obama,and lastly someone needs to tell him that his dad is the 2nd worst VP in history to Dick Cheney!!!

    August 11, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Sagebrush Shorty

    At least Bush keeps pretty much to himself as far as political opinions go. He was still a better President than the socialist we have now.

    August 11, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. honesty

    How sad that it took such a sad event for the news to report something decent and human about President Bush. I would gladly go back to the days when he was in office...George is looking better and better every day.

    August 11, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Victim of GOP Taliban

    It pays to pal around with Big Oil. Never mind Stephens was found guilty for taking $250K in bribes aka gifts from an Oil Services company. Besides the federal judge just set aside the conviction anyway.

    August 11, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. bill

    bush caint help but lie.he called mrs.stevens at 12.30 pm.laura said bush had to be in bed at 9.00 pm. STILL A LOOSER.NUF SAID.

    August 11, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Any body hear about the New Hampshire Democrat that publically stated that he wished Palin was on the Stevens plane? That is such a typically liberal type of statement. They have no morals, no dignity, no honor, no ethics.

    August 11, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Hugo

    A preemptive call by President Bush as the Obama Administration will undoubtedly try to blame the plane crash on him...

    August 11, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. fiscal responsibility

    Condolences to the family.

    August 11, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. republican pride

    It is nice that one criminal can console another one's wife in a time of need.

    August 11, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. cregis

    This is news? What I want to know is if the widow gets to draw
    Stevens' salary for life that retired Senators get . Can we get
    Congress to give up their generous "retirement" plan? And also there were other people in that plane.

    August 11, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. seebofubar

    There is more class and dignity in this man's shadow than our current
    disaster in chief will ever have. I am not a fan of GW, his second trem he was more like a democrat than a republican but i'd rather have one of him than a thousand arrogant jerks like Obama.

    August 11, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Ex republican

    Bush crawled out from under his rock to pay homage to one of the biggest pork barrel, oil company in the pocket politicians there ever was. Bush should speak out more often. We need to see his face to remind us who caused the mess our country is in. GOP hurt our People, our Families...our Country!

    August 11, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Blaum

    Bush is a class act...... like him or not... a class act....

    August 11, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Liberals are poison

    Dear liberals,
    This is what you call class and respect. Unlike the scumbag NH Democratic candidate who said he wished Palin was on board the doomed flight. Keep up your vitriol so will continue to empower the other 80% of this country to make it to the polls and pull the (R) lever. You've had the majorities in Congress since 2006 when the deficit was $166B, now it's over $1.4T; it's time to take your credit card away and let the adults balance the checkbook. And if you want to know why there was this deficit to begin with, talk to Schumer and Clinton and ask where the $100B was spent in NY after 9/11. And let's not purposely forget about Greenspan's dot.com bubble, Enron, Global Crossing, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which were your hero's Carter and Clinton's bank for the Community Reinvestment Act (sub-prime mortgages to allow welfare slugs to own homes).

    August 11, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. ruty

    He should call every american and apologize for destroying this country and every family who lost love ones in the 2 unnecessary wars he started and beg for forgiveness. He is a complete waste of breath.

    August 11, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. nini

    I miss this man.

    He is a decent human-being.

    August 11, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Tanbiker2

    Too bad GW wasn't on the plane with Stevens too.

    August 11, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. whoever

    @anonymous @texas guy

    could someone give obama a break, plz?

    pips need some holidays.

    just like merkels husband – he's also quite fed up with this calling back from holidays for every small stuff like this one. no way, they are on holidays.

    and – how comes it seems someone there in texas – fearing den haag for 8 years of war crimes too much – again tried a trick there. contacting other countries sideways. just if still thinking he's anything to say. another shoe from me here. (oh I have some 3 other pairs here, si this is 7 shoes today in texas direction.) contacting sideways as if authorized for this... – ey, texas guy. stop shivering around, den haag doesn't shoot pips or electroshock them. no need to let your (texas guys) speechwriter again to play "mr new journalist". world knows where he belongs – to another profession – so how about cooling down and simply wait for den hag with less stress now you clown there.

    August 11, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Bay

    Bush is quality human. Obama is too its just I think Bush was more patient and understanding with those who did not share his views. I did not vote for Clinton the first time but did the 2nd term but I always felt like he represented me as an American. Reagan had the same effect on people.

    August 11, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. RCasson

    Someone needs to tell this clown he isn't President anymore.

    August 11, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |