Former President George H.W. Bush Passes Away At 94

A divided nation is waking to the news that former President George Herbert Walker Bush has passed away at the age of 94.

The 41st President Of The United States passed away at his Houston home late Friday night which was announced by his longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. Mr. Bush’s death came months after the passing of his beloved wife Barbara who as First Lady served as a role model for millions of women for her dignity and class which will always be her legacy.

As the patriarch of the Bush political dynasty, the former POTUS would see his own son follow him into the White House and to be reelected, something that the elder Bush was unable to accomplish.

This despite having been president when the Berlin Wall came crashing down and enjoying sky-high approval ratings when he presided over the short Gulf War that dealt a punishing blow to Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein. He was defeated by Bill Clinton in an election that would have far-reaching consequences and has arguably greatly contributed to the divisiveness of today.

Mr. Bush’s death follows a long series of recent illnesses and hospitalizations.

Via The Associated Press, “Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94”:

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.

The World War II hero, who also presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the final months of the Cold War, died late Friday night at his Houston home, said family spokesman Jim McGrath. His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018.

The son of a senator and father of a president, Bush was the man with the golden resume who rose through the political ranks: from congressman to U.N. ambassador, Republican Party chairman to envoy to China, CIA director to two-term vice president under the hugely popular Ronald Reagan. The 1991 Gulf War stoked his popularity. But Bush would acknowledge that he had trouble articulating “the vision thing,” and he was haunted by his decision to break a stern, solemn vow he made to voters: “Read my lips. No new taxes.”

He lost his bid for re-election to Bill Clinton in a campaign in which businessman H. Ross Perot took almost 19 percent of the vote as an independent candidate. Still, he lived to see his son, George W., twice elected to the presidency — only the second father-and-son chief executives, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

He was a leader from a kinder and gentler era before moderates were purged from political parties as is currently happening with the Democrats who despite the fall of the Soviet Union show that old ideas never die, they are simply repackaged.

President Trump issued the following statement:

Former President George W. Bush also issued a statement:

At 94, Bush was the longest living ex-president. He was three and a half months older than Jimmy Carter who is also 94.

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