What George H.W. Bush, at 90, can teach millennials

Updated 12:08 PM EDT, Thu June 12, 2014

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Mary Kate Cary: George H.W. Bush, turning 90, is recognized for his service

She says he sought to have a life of "meaning and adventure" and succeeded

Cary: 41st President has much to teach millennials looking to make a difference in life

She a produced film, airing on CNN, with interviews of 41 who know Bush best

Editor’s Note: CNN will air “41ON41,” a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, at 9 and 11 p.m. ET Sunday, June 15. Mary Kate Cary is an executive producer of the film and was a White House speechwriter during Bush’s presidency. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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George H.W. Bush turns 90 today (June 12), only the fourth American president to reach that age. He’s the last of the World War II presidents, the last American leader to preside over the Cold War, the last of a generation of elected leaders who saw themselves as old-fashioned public servants rather than cutthroat campaigners.

Today, there are college graduates who weren’t even born when he left office. So the question is, what can 20-somethings learn from an old man like Bush?

It starts with what Bush said to a group of young people in one of the last speeches he gave as President: “What all of us seek in our life is meaning and adventure. It’s through service that all of us can find both.”