WASHINGTON (July 15, 2013)--The U.S. is a better and stronger force for good in the world thanks to the tradition of volunteerism nurtured by former President George H.W. Bush, President Barack Obama said Monday.
Mr. Obama said Bush's efforts in the White House and beyond sparked a national movement.
He said the U.S. is kinder and gentler thanks to Bush.
Mr. Obama said the tradition may seem ordinary, but actually represents tremendous process.
He said because of the Republican former president, community service has become a prevalent part of American life.
Mr. Obama spoke Monday at a White House ceremony recognizing the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, granted to a retired couple that created a nonprofit to feed hungry children in 15 countries.
Bush created the award more than two decades ago to honor volunteer service.