At the age of 94, former President George H. W. Bush has died. According to a statement issued by his family, the World War II hero passed away on Friday night.
The Republican politician lost his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, in April 2018. Mr. Bush’s one-term presidency was marked by a war in Iraq and economic failures.
Despite losing his reelection to Bill Clinton, the two men teamed up for various charity works and raised millions to help humankind.
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Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman, shared this statement: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
Jeff Flake remembered the late leader by saying: “So sorry to hear of the death of George H.W. Bush tonight. We all owe a debt of gratitude for his honorable and humble service to the nation, and for his enduring example of kindness. Heartfelt condolences to the entire Bush family.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger penned a tribute that read: “Today, we’ve lost a great hero. George Bush was an inspiration to all Americans, and we will miss him dearly. From the day he first put on his U.S. Navy flight suit and took off into the unknown, he always put his country first. He took on many jobs throughout his long career, and all shared one distinct trait: public service. His greatest legacy is that pure American spirit, that commitment to selflessness that drove him until the very end.”
He added: “He was born in a time that seemed to produce an endless supply of heroes, but make no mistake: George Bush embodied everything that made the Greatest Generation great. I will always be grateful to him for his friendship, for embracing me and imparting just a fraction of his wisdom during our time together. Some of my fondest memories are of sledding with him at Camp David and inspiring America to join our fitness crusade by hosting the Great American Workout with him on the White House lawn and listening to his speech advice as we flew between campaign rallies. I will never forget the pride I felt the day he appointed me Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. I loved to hear him surprise people with his wild side — explaining the pure joy he felt as he flew and jumped out of planes. I also loved to hear him explain his passion for this country — it was a true love that knew no petty boundaries or party lines. He taught me so much, but most of all, he taught me the power of serving a cause greater than yourself. I count myself lucky for many reasons; but for the opportunity to call George Bush a mentor, I can’t help but think I’m the luckiest man in America.”
The former California governor concluded by: “President Bush has left us for one last flight, but his destination isn’t unknown. He’s flying into the arms of the love of his life, Barbara. This evening, each of us should take a minute to look up and offer him a silent thanks.”
The first Bush presidency belongs to a different era.