PRESIDENT BUSH’S FINAL DAYS
Former President Bush passed away today, November 30, 2018, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He lost his beloved wife of 73 years, Barbara, April 17th and was admitted to the hospital the day after her funeral.
George Herbert Walker Bush was America’s 41th president, serving one term, January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993. His vice president was Dan Quayle, a senator from Indiana. Bush/Quayle were elected in November 1988, easily beating the Democrat’s candidate, Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts. In 1992 Bush & Quayle ran for re-election.
In 1992’s presidential election, Bill Clinton beat Bush in a three-way race: Clinton 43%, Bush 37.4% & H. Ross Perot 19%. Political science experts believe that most of Perot’s votes were drawn away from Bush. Had Perot not been in the race, Bush would have won handily.
GEORGE H.W. BUSH’S WWII MILITARY SERVICE
In 1942, after graduation from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Bush joined the U.S. Naval Reserve to fight in World War II. When he received his wings shortly before his 19th birthday, Bush became the nation’s youngest commissioned pilot. He flew 58 combat missions in the Pacific.
On September 2, 1944, Bush’s torpedo plane was shot down by the Japanese near Bonin Islands in the Pacific. During that air assault, Bush’s plane was hit and set on fire but he continued toward his target, a radio station, and successfully bombed it before parachuting out of his plane. Later he was rescued from the water by an American submarine. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery.
THE POST-WAR YEARS
Barbara Pierce married George H. W. Bush on January 6, 1945, in Rye, New York, during his leave from the Navy. Together they had six children: George, Robin (died of leukemia at age 4), John (AKA Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.
After WWII Bush attended Yale University and graduated with a degree in economics in 1948. He then moved his family to Texas, where he began a prosperous career in the oil industry, eventually becoming president of an independent offshore oil drilling company.
In 1966 George H. W. Bush ran for & won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served two terms representing the 7th Congressional District of Texas.
President Richard Nixon then appointed Bush the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a role in which he served from 1971 to 1973. Thereafter, he became chairman of the Republican Party. In that capacity, on August 7, 1974, Bush formally requested that Nixon resign the presidency. Nixon officially stepped down two days later.
In the fall of 1974, President Gerald Ford appointed Bush as the head of the U.S. Liaison Office in the People’s Republic of China, where he served until becoming director of the CIA in January 1976. Bush resigned from the CIA in January 1977 when Jimmy Carter was inaugurated.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL DAYS
Bush was Ronald Reagan’s vice president (January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989) for eight years prior to becoming president. During that time, the Reagan Administration re-built America’s military readiness which had been depleted during the Carter Administration.
THE FIRST GULF WAR: OPERATION DESERT STORM
As Commander in Chief, President Bush successfully prosecuted the first Gulf War in 1990-91. In August 1990, Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi military invaded & occupied their southern neighbor, Kuwait, and threatened to invade Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia requested US military aid, so Bush organized a military coalition of 30+ countries, who began a US led air assault in January 1991. After five weeks of air offensive (4000+ bombing runs) and 100 hours of ground offensive, Operation Desert Storm ended with Iraq’s defeat and Kuwait’s liberation.
Saddam Hussein tried to negotiate a cease-fire. He demanded that Kuwait be divided into two parts with Iraq occupying the southern half of Kuwait. Bush rejected this proposal and insisted on Iraq’s complete withdrawal.
The military mission was swift and successful, with only 148 U. S. deaths and 467 American soldiers wounded in action. President Bush’s public approval ratings skyrocketed.
END OF THE COLD WAR, USSR & BERLIN WALL COLLAPSE
Bush’s presidency emphasized foreign policy. Due to pressure by the Reagan Administration, the Soviet Union collapsed during Bush’s time in the White House. This spelled an end to the Cold War under which the USSR and the United States had labored for 40 years. President Bush is also credited with helping to improve U.S.-Soviet relations. In July 1991, He met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the White House where they signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in July 1991.
SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENTS
George H. W. Bush made two appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court: David Souter in 1990 who turned out to be a Liberal in Conservative clothing (Souter retired in 2009, at age 70, allowing Obama to appoint Sonia Sotomayor) and Clarence Thomas in 1991 who still sits on the court and has been a brilliant jurist.
Bush 41 was the proud father of Bush 43, George Walker Bush, who was U.S. president January 20, 2001 to January 20 2009.
Rest In Peace, President Bush. Your country appreciates your service.