George H.W. Bush the 41st President of the United States is no more, he was 94. He steered America through the end of the Cold War as president and led a political dynasty that saw his son win the White House.
Bush’s passing comes months after the death of his wife, first lady Barbara Bush to whom he was married for 73 years.
H.W. Bush was a foreign policy realist who navigated peacefully the fall of the Soviet Union and assembled an unprecedented coalition to defeat Saddam Hussein.
He was the respected patriarch of the democrats political dynasty. His son George spent eight years in the White House, and son Jeb served as governor of Florida.
George H.W. Bush was a war pilot and a CIA chief. He flew 58 combat missions during World War II. His aircraft was shot down over the Pacific by Japanese anti-aircraft fire, he parachuted out and was rescued by a submarine after huddling in a life raft for four hours while enemy forces circled.
As president he dealt with the Iraqi aggression against Kuwait, launched an Arab-Israeli peace process, rescued Panama, and set the groundwork for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Domestically economy stalled and he had to raise taxes to meet the budget.
Post presidency he helped raise funds for hurricane victims in the US and Asian tsunami victims.