Bush was political patriarch to enduring American dynasty

Bush was political patriarch to enduring American dynasty

Canadian politicians past and present offered their condolences on Saturday following the death of former us president George H.W. Bush, with former prime minister Brian Mulroney calling it "an enormous loss".

President George H.W. Bush handled the 1991 fall of the former Soviet Union "masterfully" during "a remarkable time" in world history, his former Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, said Sunday.

Bush, who served in the Oval Office from 1989 to 1993, died Friday night at his home in Houston at the age of 94 - just eight months after the death of his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush. She raised a hand and placed it on the former president's forehead before telling him, "We love you very much, Jefe", using the Spanish word for "chief" that her husband says he used to address Bush.

Mr Bush served as the 41st U.S. president between 1989 and 1993, and oversaw the first Gulf War.

The former president will lie in state in the US Capitol between Monday and Wednesday ahead of a state funeral at the towering National Cathedral, expected to draw dozens of dignitaries from around the world. He'll be interred later on Thursday at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the grounds of Texas A&M University in College Station, after making the final leg, from Spring, Texas, by train.

Bush was a decorated World War II pilot, diplomat and onetime Central Intelligence Agency chief who saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office - making them only the second father-son duo in American presidential history, after John and John Quincy Adams. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.

"President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", the Trumps wrote. "It will then be reset and it will be sent to Houston to pick up the casket of President Bush". "I don't do 'em", Bush responded.

In recent years, Bush suffered from numerous health problems, including Parkinson's disease that kept him wheelchair bound and a bout of severe pneumonia in 2013.

"That's right, President Bush was famously a very warm and gracious man who always understood the power of being able to laugh at yourself". Even Prescott Sheldon Bush came up short in his first his bid for political office, when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1950.

And more than anything, the 41st president loved America. Eight years later, in accepting his party's nomination for president in 1988, Bush pleaded for a "kinder, and gentler nation". Bush's remains will lie in state in the rotunda until Wednesday morning.

In 2017's The Last Republicans, author Mark Updegrove wrote that Bush, a quintessential Republican, had voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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