San Diegan recalls driving in George H.W. Bush’s motorcade

San Diegan recalls driving in George H.W. Bush’s motorcade

With the passing of the 94-year-old Bush on Friday, warm memories of the president have washed over the internet and (most) news outlets.

In keeping with presidential tradition, a detailed schedule of the funeral and memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush was released Saturday evening, with ceremonies planned in Houston; Washington, D.C.; and Spring, and College Station, Texas.

Now that Donald Trump has set himself at odds with a significant part of voters with his fiery rhetoric, some point out that he could learn a thing from the late 41st president.

Trump says he spoke with former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to express his sympathies.

President Donald Trump, now attending the G20 conference in Argentina, said in a joint statement with his wife Melania: "Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, president Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service - to be, in his words, "a thousand points of light" illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world".

Gorbachev called him "a true partner" in winding down the cold war. He credited Bush's ability to negotiate with former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as playing a key role. "Bush drew a line in the sand and said, 'This aggression will not stand'".

Zakhem and Bush
Zakhem and Bush

In Washington, the former Republican president won praise from leaders of both parties. "Whenever I had the opportunity to see him in the White House, working with a foreign leader, that foreign leader had no doubt he was with a friend".

"It really was just a remarkable time in terms of what was going on in the world". He had enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday.

Soon after he reached the zenith of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, the USA economy began to sour, however, and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great orator, was out of touch with ordinary people.

He lost his bid for re-election to then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, who would later become a close friend.

Clinton said he would be "forever grateful" for that friendship.

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