Leaders react to passing of Pres. George HW Bush

Leaders react to passing of Pres. George HW Bush

Leaders react to passing of Pres. George HW Bush

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. U.S. Envoy to China.

Bush died at 10.40pm CT on Friday, his office confirmed in a statement.

The Associated Press wrote tonight: Bush was the man with the golden resume who rose through the political ranks: from congressman to United Nations ambassador, Republican Party chairman to envoy to China, CIA director to two-term vice president under the hugely popular Ronald Reagan, to president.

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. "The result was the end of the Cold War and nuclear arms race".

They would be together for more than 70 years, becoming the longest-married presidential couple in United States history.

The campaign was marked by an infamous political television ad produced by a group supporting Bush that depicted Dukakis as weak on crime because as governor he had released on weekend furlough a convicted killer, a black man named Willie Horton, who then raped a white woman and assaulted her white fiance.

In 1971, he was appointed by then President, Richard Nixon, as USA ambassador to the United Nations.

After the war, Bush studied economics at Yale, graduating in 1948 before embarking on a lucrative career in the oil industry in Texas, the state that became his adopted political home.

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He assembled a coalition of 32 nations to drive Iraqi forces out in a matter of weeks with a lightning air and ground assault. Bush is expected to lie in state in the US Capitol.

The conference was mainly symbolic, but it set the stage for the Oslo Accords two years later.

Bush was president of the US from 1989-1993 and brought a "dedication to traditional American values" and a determination to make the USA a "kinder and gentler nation", according to a White House biography.

He lost his bid for re-election to Bill Clinton in a campaign in which businessman H. Ross Perot took nearly 19 percent of the vote as an independent candidate.

The proclamation hails Bush as "one of America's greatest points of light", a reference to one of the former leader's signature phrases about the impact of American civic culture. In 2011, Obama awarded Bush the highest USA civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

He worked with Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama and son George to raise money for hurricane victims in Texas in 2017. His son George Walker Bush was president from 2001 to 2009, making them only the second father and son to hold the office, after John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829).

Son Jeb made his own presidential run in 2016, but fell short in the Republican primaries against Trump.

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