George Bush Senior dies aged 94

05 December, 2018, 07:12 | Author: Carlos George
  • Former US president George HW Bush

His death at 10:10 p.m. Central time was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available.

Announcing the death of his "dear Dad" in a statement on Friday, Bush said: "George HW Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for".

Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general said, "III Corps and Fort Hood salutes President George H.W. Bush's life of service to our Nation".

George Snr was admitted back into hospital the day after Barbara's funeral when an existing infection spread to his blood.

He served as President from 1989 to 1993.

He said: "Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family - especially the love of his life, Barbara".

George HW Bush with his wife Barbara Bush in 2004. Still, he lived to see son George W. twice elected to the presidency - only the second father and son chief executives, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams. His father, the son of an OH steel magnate, had moved east to make his fortune as an investment banker with Brown Brothers, Harriman, and later served 10 years as a senator from CT.

Bush was outshone by Reagan in the 1980 Republican presidential primaries, denouncing the former Hollywood actor's neoliberal recipe of tax cuts and free markets as "voodoo economics".

"There is no higher honour than to serve free men and women, no greater privilege than to labour in government beneath the Great Seal of the United States and the American flag", he told senior staffers in 1989, days after he took office.

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Rest in peace, Mr. President.

But Bush's foreign affairs victories were overshadowed by a stagnant economy at home.

He was not re-elected in 1992, which was attributed to breaking his pledge to not introduce new taxes.

Born in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924, he enlisted in the armed forces on his 18th birthday. He was shot down on September 2, 1944, while completing a bombing run against a Japanese radio tower.

They would be together for more than 70 years, becoming the longest-married presidential couple in USA history. As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team, and then went on to serve as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War.

He was not always a successful politician, losing a 1964 election for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas, where he later founded an oil company.

It wasn't an easy job: when LIFE Magazine caught up with him, it was at the tense moment that the United Nations chose to admit "Red China" as a member in place of the Nationalist government based in Taipei.

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.

Bush, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and is wheelchair-bound, has been hospitalized on several occasions for various ailments in recent years, including pneumonia.

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