George W. Bush Shares Albright Painting Honoring Former Secretary of State

(The hill) – Former President George W. Bush shared an artistic tribute to Madeleine Albright on Wednesday, saying he was “heartbroken” by the passing of the nation’s first female secretary of state.

Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants – courtesy of George W. Bush

Bush honored Albright, who died Wednesday at the age of 84by sharing a portrait he painted of her that was included in a book released last year.

The 43rd president, who took up painting after leaving the White House in 2009, represented Albright for his book “Among Many, One: Portraits of American Immigrants.”

Albright was born in Prague before coming to the United States as a refugee in 1948 following a Communist coup in the former nation of Czechoslovakia. She died after a battle with cancer, her family said.

In a statement Wednesday, Bush and his wife, Laura, praised Albright for “living the American dream and helping others achieve it.”

“She served with distinction as a foreign-born foreign minister who understood first-hand the importance of free societies to peace in our world,” said the 75-year-old former commander-in-chief.

“I respect his love of country and public service,” Bush said, adding that he considered Albright a friend.

“We send our sincere condolences to his daughters,” Bush said.

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