Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

W. Bush, the 41st U.S. president, dies

W. Bush, the 41st U.S. president, dies

The couple had four sons - Neil, Marvin, the future president George W. and the presidential candidate and Florida governor Jeb - and two daughters, Dorothy and Robin, who died at age 3.

"The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have care and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens".

"Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight - and all who were inspired by George and Barbara's example".

As president, Bush launched the "Points of Light" initiative to promote volunteerism and community service across the country.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 pm on Friday night in the United States, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

It was revealed at Barbara's funeral that her husband had been hospitalised at the same time as her.

At Mrs Bush's funeral, son and former Florida governor Jeb Bush said he believed the last time his mother got sick that his dad got sick on goal so he could be with her. He is relaxing at his home in Kennebunkport on Tuesday, June 12, eight days after being released from the hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure.

He flew 58 combat missions during World War II.

Paying tribute to Mr Bush, current U.S. president Donald Trump praised his "sound judgment, common sense and unflappable leadership".

In his rise to the presidency, Bush held a variety of key positions over the years, often deemed by Republican presidents as the most qualified man in US public life.

His second son, Jeb, launched his own campaign for the presidency in 2015 before dropping out in February 2016. He carried 40 states and achieved a almost 7 million-vote plurality, becoming the first sitting vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren in 1836.

Over the next decade, he held several high-level posts that took him and Barbara around the world: head of the Republican National Committee, US ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was praised for restoring morale after revelations of widespread illegal activity.

He made his first bid for president in 1980 and won the first contest, the Iowa caucuses.

Bush entered the White House in 1989 with a reputation as a man of indecision and indeterminate views.

The university not only named its school of government after Bush, but the Bush Library and Museum is also housed on campus, which is a place the former president enjoyed visiting often.

"He'll be admired for ending the Cold War on terms that Americans never could have dreamt possible for the 45 years of the Cold War", Presidential historian Michael Beschloss told USA Today. Later, he sent troops to the Mideast to repel Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his attempted takeover of oil-rich Kuwait.

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