George Herbert Walker Bush, was a veteran of the World War II veteran elected as the 41st President of the United States and fathered the nation’s 43rd, died late Friday at the age of 94. Cause of death has not been stated yet but he has been frequently been ill and hospitalized quite often in the past few years.
He has spent decades serving in various positions in the government before as a United Nations Ambassdor, Vice president under Ronald Reagan, CIA Chief and towered ultimately to become the President of United States of America. His wife Barbara died April 17 at age 92. Their 73-year marriage was longer than that of any presidential couple in U.S. history. Their children included former 43rd President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The White House “sound judgement,common sense and unflappable leadership,”
The former president also was lauded by the 44th U.S. president, Barack Obama, who in a statement called Bush “a patriot and humble servant…While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude.” Bush’s life was “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling,” the statement read
45th President Donald Trump tweeted
Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush pic.twitter.com/qxPsp4Ggs7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
“George H.W. Bush lived a life that was purposeful, and extraordinarily rewarding — for our nation, and for our world,” said Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the daughters of former president Richard Nixon, in a statement.
“While people everywhere salute and thank George H.W. Bush today, we take special solace in knowing the President and Mrs. Bush are together again,” the Nixon siblings added.
While promising to fight for prayer in public schools and gun rights and against abortion, Bush tried to put a softer face on conservatism, striving to make America a “kinder, gentler” nation.
“Prosperity as a purpose means taking your idealism and making it concrete by certain acts of goodness,” he said. “It means helping a child from an unhappy home learn to read. … It means teaching troubled children through your presence that there is such a thing as reliable love.”
The speech wasn’t all “Kumbaya.” He promised a hard line against Democrats.
“The Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push again. And I’ll say to them: ‘Read my lips, no new taxes.'”
George HW Bush spoke of the Berlin Wall when it ultimately was destroyed on Nov. 9, 1989 — 28 years after it was erected. Bush greeted the historic event by stating
“Of course, I welcome the decision by the East German leadership to open the borders,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. “It clearly is a good development in terms of human rights. … I’m very pleased with this development.” Pressed about his low-key reaction, he replied: “I’m elated, I’m just not an emotional kind of guy.”
“In retrospect, many people recognized that by refusing to gloat or declare victory over the Soviet Union, Bush probably helped avoid a backlash by hardliners in Eastern Europe,” Stephen Knott, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, wrote in an essay. “He also did not want to endanger future negotiations with the Soviet Union.”
H.W.Bush did not vote for Trump in the 2016 election and days before his January 2017 hospitalization, the senior Bush had sent a letter to President-elect Trump expressing regrets that he could not attend the Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration. With his flair for humor, Bush wrote: “My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under.”
“I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country,” he added. “If I can ever be of help, please let me know.”
Trump, however, didn’t get or use any help from H.W. Bush. The former president said in Updegrove’s 2017 book “The Last Republicans” that he considered Trump a “blowhard.”