by Bruce Haring
Former President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94. Bush, also a former CIA director and Vice President, passed Friday at 10:10 P.M. Central time, according to his official spokesperson.
In a statement, his son and 43rd President George W. Bush, praised his father. “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. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
Bush was elected president on Nov. 8, 1988, sworn in on Jan. 20, 1989, and served until Jan. 20, 1993, when President Bill Clinton took over. Bush was denied a second term after an economic downturn soured the nation on him.
He died less than eight months after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died.
Bush was a decorated Navy pilot who was shot down in the Pacific in 1944, and was the last of the World War II generation to become President. He was a two-term congressman from Texas, ambassador to the United National, chairman of the Republican National Committee, US envoy to China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and then Vice President under Ronald Reagan.
His wartime toughness and bureaucratic experience served him well during his presidency, as he presided over the end of the Cold War when the Soviet Union collapsed. He also responded when Iraq invaded Kuwait, marshaling a global coalition to eject the Saddam Hussein-led Iraq from Kuwait in 1991 in the first Gulf War.
Bush was originally from New England, born of wealth and a graduate of Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and Yale.