George H.W. Bush

01 December, 2018, 08:40 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Former US President George Bush dies at age 94, family spokesman says

Former United States president George Herbert Walker Bush has passed away at the age of 94.

Bush served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

Bush 41 was hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital for an infection that spread to his blood. The aircraft carrier on which he served, the San Jacinto, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. In 2013, he was in dire enough shape with bronchitis that former President George W. Bush, his son, solicited ideas for a eulogy. The family also thanked those who cared for and prayed for their beloved dad in recent days.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted his condolences, saying "America has lost a patriot and humble servant ..."

The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, also served as vice president for eight years during Ronald Reagan's two terms as president, before being elected to the White House himself.

They were married for 73 years. One of the youngest pilots in the Navy, he flew 58 missions off the carrier USS San Jacinto.

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In a major test of the post-Cold War order, Saddam's million-man army invaded Kuwait in 1990 and looked set to roll into Saudi Arabia, which would have given the Iraqi strongman more than 40 per cent of the world's oil reserves.

His pronouncement soon proved prophetic, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union occurring early in his presidency.

"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, '" the statement reads.

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