President George H.W. Bush Has Passed Away

By then, Bush's son, George W. Bush, was in his second term in the White House, having taken the USA to war against Iraq for a second time in 2003, and eclipsing his father's record by winning re-election in 2004. He is the 41st President of the United States and served the country from 1989 to 1993.

George Snr - nicknamed "41" to distinguish himself from his son, "43" - was the 41st President of the United States. Bush's father, Prescott Bush, had been a senator from CT.

He enlisted on his 18th birthday and was the youngest pilot in the US Navy when he received his wings and went on to fly 58 combat missions.

He was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action.

Mr Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, had six children and were married for 73 years - the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history. Robin died of leukemia at age 3. In 1988, I cast my first vote for President for him. Bush graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in economics and was captain of the varsity baseball team.

His successors have had their share of degrees from Harvard and Yale, but Bush was thoroughly a product of the WASPy aristocracy of the Northeast - a graduate of Andover and Yale, the son of a CT U.S. senator, the scion of two Wall Street banking dynasties. Ambassador to the United Nations.

They had six children and were married longer than any presidential couple in American history. The Berlin Wall fell; the Soviet Union ceased to exist; the communist bloc in Eastern Europe broke up; the Cold War ended.

Bush continued: "The new breeze blows, a page turns, the story unfolds".

As one of his first major decisions, Bush chose to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega - a former USA ally turned global drug lord - from power.

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After Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, Mr Bush quickly began building an global military coalition that included other Arab states.

Bush lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.

However, once in office, he reneged on that promise and raised several taxes in an attempt to reduce the national budget deficit in a compromise deal with Congressional Democrats.

On the judicial front, he made two Supreme Court appointments - David Souter in 1990 and Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Through the criticism, however, Bush was credited for the way he handled his military operations.

Referring to his dislike for a particular vegetable, he once said, "I do not like broccoli".

"After seventy-three years of marriage, George and Barbara Bush are together again now, two points of light that never dimmed, two points of light that ignited countless others with their example".

"George Bush was a great American, an extraordinary wartime leader, and a good friend".

  • Sonia Alvarado