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Former US president George HW Bush dies aged 94

Former US president George HW Bush dies aged 94”

Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.

His death comes less than eight months after his wife Barbara died.

White House advisor Kellyanne Conway tweeted: "Heartfelt sympathy and deep condolences to the entire Bush family on the passing of our 41st President, George HW Bush".

By then, Bush's son, George W. Bush, was in his second term in the White House, having taken the U.S. to war against Iraq for a second time in 2003, and eclipsing his father's record by winning re-election in 2004.

After retiring from public life, the late Bush joined his successor, Bill Clinton, in raising funds for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster.

Bush had one of the most impressive résumés in American public life.

Remarkably, Bush developed a late passion for skydiving, jumping to celebrate his 85th birthday in 2009 and the opening of his presidential library in 2007.

It was during the presidency of his son, George W Bush, that Saddam's rule would eventually end.

"After seventy-three years of marriage, George and Barbara Bush are together again now, two points of light that never dimmed, two points of light that ignited countless others with their example".

"George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for", he wrote.

George W Bush would go on to be elected president in 2000 after Mr Clinton and served two terms.

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".

He was a World War II aviator and Texan oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964 as a Republican.

Bush did not endorse fellow Republican Trump, the eventual victor of the 2016 presidential election, who attacked both Jeb and George W. Bush during his campaign.

"President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", the Trumps wrote.

"America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush".

In August 1990 he responded to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, creating a national coalition led by the United States that liberated the oil-rich yet tiny nation but stopped short of toppling the Iraqi dictator. She died on April 17, 2018. It was perhaps the high point of Bush's presidency, his approval rating among USA voters reaching a record 89 percent, with a fireworks display lighting the night-time sky over Washington to salute the successful mission.

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.

In 1944, he was shot down over the Pacific and after desperately paddling his life raft away from a Japanese island and with enemy boats sent out to capture him, he was rescued by a United States submarine.



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