George HW Bush Dies-Remembering a Young Politician at Home

George HW Bush Dies-Remembering a Young Politician at Home

Bush's grandsons highlighted the 41st president's service to the military and the country, while Trump administration officials wrote heartfelt messages to the Bush family.

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died.

George W Bush, who was the 43rd president, issued a statement following his father's death.

After retiring from public life, the late Bush joined his successor, Bill Clinton, in raising funds for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster.

"Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41". His son George Walker Bush was president from 2001 to 2009, making them only the second father and son to hold the office, after John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829).

Bush was married for 73 years to the former Barbara Pierce, a woman he met in his teenage years.

Bush had also been a World War II hero, Texas congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

The one-term Republican president, who served from 1989 to 1993, had been admitted to...

He had joined politics in 1964 after starting a Texan oil business and becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.

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In the years after his presidency, George H.W. Bush came to be seen as a fundamentally decent and well-meaning leader who, though not a stirring orator or a visionary, was a steadfast humanitarian.

The other battles he fought as president, including a war on drugs and a crusade to make American children the best educated in the world, were not so decisively won.

"She died over the course of about six months".

In August 1990 he responded to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, creating a national coalition led by the U.S. that liberated the oil-rich yet tiny nation but stopped short of toppling the Iraqi dictator.

During his time as president, the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union and communism collapsed, and the Cold War ended.

Mr Gorbachev worked closely with Mr Bush to bring an end to the Cold War in the late 1980s and 1990s, and lauded the former president for his abilities as a politician as well as his personal character.

Four years later, however, Bush lost the presidency to Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, although the two later became friends, occasionally dispatched by subsequent US presidents to oversee assistance efforts after natural disasters.

They added: "Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight - and all who were inspired by George and Barbara's example".

During World War Two, he was an aviator against the Japanese before being shot down in September 1944 while on a bombing raid.

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