Less than 8 months after burying his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush, President George H.W. Bush has died. President Obama & President George W. Bush have spoken out with heartfelt messages.
Our nation's 41st President, George H.W. Bush, has died at age 94.
The former President and former CIA head was confined to a wheelchair in recent months. Despite their political difference in almost every way, President Obama - who called the Texas resident and New England native "one of our most underrated Presidents" - just gave a heartfelt message about his predecessor's passing saying:
America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
Bush's son and 43rd President George W. Bush put out a statement on behalf of the family saying:
BREAKING: Statement from George W. Bush on passing of his father: "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." https://t.co/DKl83MR7bnpic.twitter.com/THe7dzhmMP
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2018
Deadline recapped Bush's 1-term Presidency - where he served before President Bill Clinton - and his wealthy upbringing:
George H.W. 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 seemed particularly out of touch during a visit to a supermarket, where he marveled at the checkout scanners, something average people encounter several times a week.
Born of wealth in New England, he married Barbara Bush on January 6, 1945, and after graduating from Yale, moved his young family to Texas to get into the oil business, later co-founding an offshore oil drilling company.
Bush was a decorated Navy pilot who was shot down in the Pacific in 1944. He became the Navy’s youngest aviator, and bailed out after his plane was shot down near the Japanese-controlled island of Chichijima. His two crewmen perished in the crash, and Bush famously was rescued at sea by the submarine USS Finback – a dramatic rescue that was captured on film.
He 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.
Our condolences go out to President Bush's family, their loved ones, friends and citizens of the world who felt he positiely affected their lives
Photos: Office of George H.W. Bush/Reuters/Getty