George H.W. Bush
Vice President at the time of the Challenger shuttle accident, President Bush was the first person to express his grief and great sorrow to the families. Speaking for himself, the President and the grieving nation, he personally extended his hand to the families with a simple gesture, giving June Scobee a note with his home phone number and a message “call if you need us.” He was the first to support the group in their efforts to create Challenger Center. In the years following the tragedy, President and Mrs. Bush continued to provide leadership and guidance.