George Bush Senior dies age 94

George Bush Senior dies age 94

Shortly after the Bush family announced the passing of former president George H.W. Bush, the Obamas marked the passing of Bush 41 with a heartfelt tribute to the man they called a "patriot and humble servant".

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died", George Bush Jr, who went on to serve as the 43rd U.S. president, said in a statement.

He also saw his popularity swell with America's success in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, where United States forces liberated Kuwait from Iraqi control following an air and ground campaign.

In a statement issued early Saturday, Bush's successor, Bill Clinton said he would be "forever grateful" for the friendship he formed with the former president he turned out of the White House after one term. Bush had also been a decorated World War II veteran, Texas congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president. 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.

President Donald Trump, who was in Argentina attending a G20 summit of world leaders, hailed Bush's "sound judgment, common sense, and unflappable leadership".

Bush died at 10.40pm CT on Friday, his office confirmed in a statement.

"The love affair between President Bush and the students of the Bush school is something that motivates us all to make sure the graduates of the Bush school are well launched to go out and make a difference in the world", Finch said.

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". Bush, then 47, was an advocate of the "two-China solution", of keeping both governments in the global organization.

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His death has come less than eight months after that of his wife, Barbara.

"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.

"He loves A&M", said Warren Finch, director of the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum.

The elder Bush's cautious realpolitik would later be contrasted to his son's far more costly ambition to transform the Middle East, but "Bush 41" refused to weigh in on the debate, insisting he was proud of the presidency of "Bush 43".

George H.W. Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday in 1942, right out of prep school.

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 quake.

Upon her death, a spokesman for George Sr said he was "broken-hearted to lose his beloved wife of 73 years".

He flew 58 combat missions and was shot down over the Pacific by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.

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