George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States and father of the 43rd President of the United States, has died at the age of 94 after suffering from vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson’s disease.
He was also the last living president to serve in World War II having put his college plans on hold to join the military at age 18 after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He was the youngest person to become an aviator at the time. He served with distinction earning several decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He was a millionaire oilman by age 40 and brought a wealth of experience to the White House as President not seen before.
Bush served in many capacities as a public servant in addition to president including vice president, congressman, United Nations delegate, Republican Party chairman, envoy to Beijing, and of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
It was during his presidency that the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed. Though it wasn’t ratified until after he left office, Bush signed the North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA), which created a trade bloc consisting of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
What many people in the US will remember most about his presidency was his “Read my lips, no new taxes”pledge that he later recanted on as well as his many military operations including the Gulf War.
Barbara, his wife of 73 years died in April of this year.
According to Wikipedia, on November 25, 2017, Bush became the longest-lived U.S. president when he surpassed the 93 years and 165 days lifespan of Gerald Ford, who died in 2006. Bush became the nation’s oldest living president as well as the oldest living vice president. He was also the first president to reach the age of 94, reaching that milestone on June 12, 2018.
Statement from President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania:
Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night.
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” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.
President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher. As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team, and then went on to serve as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War. Later in life, he rose to the pinnacle of American politics as a Congressman from Texas, envoy to China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President of eight years to President Ronald Reagan, and finally President of the United States.
With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War. As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed. And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.
Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family—especially the love of his life, Barbara. His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause. 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.
Statement from Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen:
“Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush and we send our deepest sympathies to the entire Bush family. President Bush loved his family, loved this country and his legacy will be a lifetime of service to the United States of America.
Beginning with his service as a Naval Aviator in WWII, where he flew 58 combat missions and was shot down over the Pacific, George H. W. Bush always answered the call to serve America.
His years in Congress, as a diplomat, CIA Director and Vice President of the United States were characterized by modesty, integrity, and patriotism. His years as the 41st President of the United States left America and the world more peaceful, prosperous and secure.
During this difficult time, we send our prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Bush family. We join them and the American people in mourning the passing of this good and great man. His example will always inspire and his lifetime of service will be enshrined in the hearts of the American people forever. God Bless President George H.W. Bush.”
Former President Barack Obama released the following statement: