Pres. G.W. Bush, Gov. Abbot, Energy Sec. Perry, Sen. Cruz Offer Tributes to Late T. Boone Pickens

By Michael Morris | September 16, 2019 | 12:06pm EDT
T. Boone Pickens (MRC Video Screenshot)

Last week, business tycoon T. Boone Pickens passed away at age 91 on Sept. 11, 2019. Current and former Texas politicians, President George W. Bush and former governor of Texas, current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Texas Senator Ted Cruz offered tributes and condolences on his passing.

President George W. Bush had the following to say about the business tycoon:

“T. Boone Pickens became a household name across the country because he was bold, imaginative, and daring. 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.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said this about Pickens:

“Although born in Oklahoma, Texas has always considered T. Boone Pickens to be one of our own. He was a passionate man who always stood by his principles on his path to success. T. Boone Pickens’ commitment to establishing American energy independence will have a lasting impact on the state of Texas, and the United States of America. Throughout his life and career, he generously gave to charitable causes to advance education, medical research, and humanitarian needs. I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in remembering the legacy of T. Boone Pickens, and keep him and his family in their prayers.”

About Pickens, Energy Secretary and former Texas Governor Rick Perry said:

“T. Boone Pickens was a Texas-sized legend who left a permanent impact on the world of American energy as we know it. He was a bold visionary who long championed a diverse energy mix from renewable power to oil and gas, and understood that American energy security is critical to our national security. Most of all, 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. Anita and I send our deepest condolences to his loved ones who have experienced a great loss today.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had the following to say about Pickens:

“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. An extraordinarily generous philanthropist and a passionate advocate for American energy independence, Boone will be remembered as a legend in the hearts of Texans and Oklahomans alike. Heidi and I send our condolences to the entire Pickens family as they grieve the loss of a loving father, grandfather, and friend. May he rest in peace.”

The above quotes can be found on, along with more tributes and condolences expressed by prominent Texas and Oklahoma individuals and others.

According to, T. Boone Pickens “took part in the Media Research Center’s ‘DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2004,’ where he accepted, in jest on behalf of PBS’s Bill Moyers, the ‘Send Bush to Abu Ghraib Award.’ Pickens offered a humorous allegory about a cowboy with a rattlesnake and wrapped up with a joke about a monkey in tree, both to convey his scorn for the news media.

“His remarks came during the MRC event held on Thursday night, April 21, 2005 before an audience inside the J.W. Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C.”

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