Former US President George HW Bush dies at 94

Former US president George H.W. Bush who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War has died at age 94 his family announced late

Former President George H.W. Bush Has Died At Age 94

The elder Bush had also been a Second World War hero, Texas congressman, United Nations ambassador, Central Intelligence Agency director, and was Ronald Reagan's vice-president between 1981 and 1989.

During his time as president, the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union and communism collapsed, and the Cold War ended.

"His life spanned the American Century-he fought in World War 2. took part in the Texas oil boom. served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War".

The importance of building up relationships was an ethos Bush brought not only to domestic politics, but also to worldwide affairs, which became his major focus as president. Though some had doubted whether he was appropriate for the United Nations job-his diplomatic experience at the time of his appointment was pretty much zero-Bush had quickly shown that he made up for that gap in "wit, stamina and enthusiasm".

Despite achieving popularity ratings of 90%, Bush was accused of neglecting domestic affairs and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election. "A lot of them had fought in World War II and they looked at each other not as partisan enemies, but people who had been comrades in arms".

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He had spent every summer in the seaside town since childhood, except during World War II while he was a naval aviator. One of the youngest pilots in the Navy, he flew 58 missions off the carrier USS San Jacinto.

His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April.

In the 1960s, Bush, now independently wealthy, turned to politics. After losing a campaign for the Senate in 1970, Bush was appointed to a series of high-level political positions: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

As president, Bush launched the "Points of Light" initiative to promote volunteerism and community service across the country.

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Ronald Reagan, the former actor and California governor, vanquished him in the Republican primaries but chose Bush as his running mate, hoping Bush's reputation as a moderate would balance his own hard, conservative image.

Though Bush lacked his predecessor's populist touch and gift for a glib phrase, in leadership he favoured behind-the-scenes consensus building and careful and considered preparation. "GREATNESS!" As a candidate, Bush promised "no new taxes" but reversed himself in office. "We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq".

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

The elder Bush said he rejected an overthrow of the Iraqi government because it would have "incurred incalculable human and political costs". George H.W. Bush paired his profound sense of personal responsibility with honesty, gentility, and hard work.

"My first act as president is a prayer", President Bush said.

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