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The Death of George H.W. Bush

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George H.W. Bush passed away November 30th in his home at the age of 94. His passing came eight short months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush, who passed away April 17th at the age of 92. He had been in and out of hospitals since until a case of bronchitis ended his long life. He will be remembered as an influential president and skilled diplomat.

1942 marked the beginning of his Navy pilot career, but he was shot down in 1944. Then, in 1989, he entered the White House after more than 40 years of service to the public. This feat was extraordinary; only Martin Van Buren matched his ability to win the election while serving as vice president. During his impressive presidency, Bush ousted General Manuel Antonio Noriega from Panama, ending the Persian Gulf war quickly and without violence. Additionally, Bush was responsible for helping to end the four decades of the Cold War and carefully handling the collapse of the Soviet Union and the newly freed Eastern Europe. To accomplish this, he selected a collaborative approach by assisting to reunify Germany and dissolve the Soviet Union. George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed treaties to end the threat of nuclear and chemical engagement. Even after being beaten out of his presidency by Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush still found success in influencing the United States. He assembled a global coalition responsible for purging the ghosts of Vietnam and removing Iraqi invaders from Kuwait.

Survived by his sons, George, Jeb, Neil, and Marvin, as well as his daughter Dorothy Bush Koch and seventeen grandchildren, George H.W. Bush will be remembered as one of the most underrated one-term presidents in history. He will be remembered for wanting to “keep America moving forward” and striving for an even better America.

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IRVING, TX – OCTOBER 17: Former United States President George Bush speaks during the Billy Graham Crusade at Texas Stadium October 17, 2002 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

 

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