Former Congressman Don Manzullo recalls visits with George H.W. Bush

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Former Congressman Don Manzullo, who represented the Illinois 16th District for 20 years, recalls two special visits with late former president George H.W. Bush.

Photo courtesy: Don Manzullo

In 1992, Manzullo fought through some heavy rain at a campaign event in Buffalo Grove to meet Bush while he was president. One year later, Manzullo has an opportunity to meet Bush once again at a NAFTA event in Washington.

Manzullo says current politicians can learn something about the character the elder Bush displayed through his life in politics.

"People are fed up with politics because they just believe everyone is disingenuous. And then you have someone like him, that says just a second," Manzullo said.

"Sure he's gone now. He was around for a lot of years. But he really sets the standard for being a gentleman in politics. And that's his legacy," Manzullo said.

Manzullo retired from his role as president of the Korean Economic Institute in June. He and his wife, Freda, split their time between their home in Egan, Illinois and near family in Pennsylvania.