George Bush senior dies at 94 years old

Marsha Scott
December 3, 2018

The importance of building up relationships was an ethos Bush brought not only to domestic politics, but also to global affairs, which became his major focus as president.

"He should've gone all the way into Baghdad, and he should've removed Saddam Hussein from power".

After two terms and another failed Senate bid in 1970, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon as US ambassador to the United Nations.

And, in fact, the world did dramatically change with the end of the Cold War, the breakup of the Soviet empire and the fall of the Berlin Wall. George H. Bush held a steadfast belief in a greater calling, underlined by his service to our country as a World War II hero, public servant, elected official and through countless philanthropic efforts.

He was the man who sought a "kinder, and gentler nation", and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips - he would not raise taxes.

In a joint statement, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Bush "never stopped serving".

He continued to suffer with ill health during the following months.

President Donald Trump paid tribute in a statement to his predecessor's "essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country". His presidential races helped set the template for the kind of politics that followed.

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He said he and Melania "join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of former President George HW Bush". His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause.

In 2011, Bush was honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The complex, which opened to the public November 7, 1997, houses information that documents the life and career of Bush, including items from his time as a congressman, USA ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. And he did tremendous good along the journey.

At the time of his death, Bush was the American president to have lived the longest.

He said he would be "forever grateful" for the friendship he formed with the man he turned out of the White House after one term.

George HW Bush with his wife Barbara Bush in 2004.

The Republican giant was wheelchair-bound in his final years but was still active up until the end, and the New York Times obituary of the former president detailed his fight with Parkinson's in his final years.

Ultimately, however, Bush's political career would flounder for reasons closer to home, with his failure to lift the U.S. out of the economic malaise that had followed the 1987 Wall Street Crash.

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