41st president of the United State George HW Bush dies

01 December, 2018, 17:59 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • George H.W. Bush the 41st president of the United States died Friday at age 94

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 pm Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

Trump, who upended the GOP establishment with his insurgent presidential campaign, has had a fractious relationship with the Bush family over the years.

Bush is remembering his father as a "man of the highest character". Family, friends, old White House employees, lawmakers, and pundits are sharing their condolences.

Bush is survived by his five children and 17 grandchildren.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Bush was present at "a time of great change", adding that his leadership contributed to "the end of the Cold War and nuclear arms race".

US President Donald Trump said Bush "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service".

"Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he loved - from a decorated Naval aviator who almost gave his life in World War II, to Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, with plenty of posts along the way", the Obamas said in a statement.

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He flew 58 combat missions and was shot down over the Pacific by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. Michael Dukakis of MA after a hard-fought campaign that painted Dukakis as soft on crime and promised tax relief for all.

Bush was a foreign policy stalwart who declared a "new world order" in 1990 and drove Iraq from Kuwait in a matter of weeks with a lightning air and ground assault - and the backing of a coalition of 32 nations. The Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton.

In 2011, Obama awarded Bush the highest USA civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

James A. Baker III, secretary of state in the Bush administration, stated that "The legacy of George H.W. Bush will be forever etched in the history of America and the world".

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama said, "While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude".

President George H.W. Bush was an American hero, a patriot and a wise and generous man.

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