Former President George W. Bush was “heartbroken” over the shootings in his home town that left five police officers dead.
In the wake of Thursday’s ambush attack of Dallas police, Bush posted a statement on his Facebook page offering prayers and praising law enforcement in his home town and across the nation.
“Laura W. Bush and I are heartbroken by the heinous acts of violence in our city last night,” he wrote.
Five officers were killed and seven others wounded after a gunman opened fire on police who were protecting demonstrators at a Dallas protest over recent deadly police shootings in other cities.
“Laura and I have seen firsthand the dedication, professionalism, and courage of the Dallas Police Department,” Bush said in his statement. “Their commitment to safety and justice makes us proud to call Dallas home.”
While President Obama jumped on the tragedy as a political opportunity to bring up gun control, the former president delivered a proper heartfelt response.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the fallen. We pray for the wounded officers to recover fully and quickly,” Bush wrote. “We commend Mayor Rawlings, Chief Brown, and all our city’s leaders and public servants who continue to organize an effective response to this tragedy.”
Comments on the Facebook post were moving, with many thanking Bush and wishing he was still in the White House.
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