Former President George W. Bush: ‘T. Boone Pickens Was … Bold, Imaginative and Daring’

first_imgBoone Pickens’ life spanned so many industries and crossed so many worlds, it’s hard to keep up. Literally, we’re having a hard time keeping up with them all. Who else goes hunting with professional athletes we follow like Brandon Weeden but also has dinners with former presidents like George W. Bush?On Wednesday — following Pickens’ death — Bush was among the many politicians and state leaders who released a statement celebrating the 91 remarkable years of life Pickens lived.“T. Boone Pickens became a household name across the country because he was bold, imaginative, and daring,” wrote Bush. ” He was successful – and more importantly, he generously shared his success with institutions and communities across Texas and Oklahoma.  He loved the outdoors, his country, and his friends and family, and Laura and I send our condolences.”Pickens gave $250,000 toward Bush’s second inauguration at the beginning of 2005. And since Pickens passed on September 11 and Bush commented on it, I feel obligated to pause for a minute and bring you the GOAT sports moment of the 21st century.Without question, best first pitch EVER.— Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) September 11, 2019Ok, we’re back. Bush is not the only politician who weighed in on Wednesday either. Republicans Ted Cruz, Jim Inhofe and Rick Perry all released statements. So did Texas governor, Greg Abbott.“There’s much you can say about T. Boone Pickens and the impact he had on Oklahoma, but I will keep it simple: He embodied the spirit of Oklahoma and lived the American dream,” said senator Inhofe in a statement.Cruz said much of the same, only with a Texas twist.T. Boone Pickens lived a life marked with kindness and generosity. Boone was a friend, and he was a legendary Texas entrepreneur. He was larger than life, had a passion for others, and embodied Texas values.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 11, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Rick Perry called him a “Texas-sized legend” and said he “was a wonderful and philanthropic person who gave generously to causes he believed in. Countless lives have been changed because of him, including mine, and I am lucky to have called him a friend.”“Although born in Oklahoma, Texas has always considered T. Boone Pickens to be one of our own,” added Abbott. “He was a passionate man who always stood by his principles on his path to success.”Lastly, Pickens’ pal — and Dallas Cowboys owner — Jerry Jones was asked about Pickens in a press conference.“He should be known as the fourth-quarter guy (because of how much he accomplished in the later part of his life),” said Jones. “I’m really gonna miss Boone.”I think he speaks for all of us.last_img