Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

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The late Former President George H.W. Bush (in wheelchair) and former President George W. Bush, along with other family members, watch as Barbara Bush's casket is carried to her gravesite at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas on April 21, 2018. (Paul Morse/Office of George H.W. Bush)

Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94.

Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993, a tenure that saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the execution of the Gulf War.

His passing was met with nationwide mourning.

President Donald Trump praised him for his “essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country.”

“President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world,” Trump said in a statement.

Former President Barack Obama lauded Bush’s life in a separate statement as “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling.”

“It’s a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try,” Obama said.

According to a statement from the Bush family, memorial plans will be announced: “as soon as is practical.”

 

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