James Baker: Bush's last day was 'very gentle'

James Baker: Bush's last day was 'very gentle'

James Baker: Bush's last day was 'very gentle'

"Dana Carvey's take on George H.W. Bush has always been one of my favorites", One user wrote. His son, Prescott Sheldon Bush, was a Yale graduate and investment banker twice elected to the U.S. Senate from CT. His plane was shot down in the Pacific Ocean in 1944 during the war and he earned the highly-respected Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery.

The Trumps were informed of Bush's death late Friday while in Buenos Aires for the Group of 20 summit of rich and developing nations.

Mulroney said that among the two leaders' joint accomplishments, two stand out: the signing of the Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement, known as the acid rain treaty, in 1991; and the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed in 1994 after both had left office. He held top political and diplomatic posts under President Richard Nixon and then lost the 1980 Republican presidential nomination to Ronald Reagan. The most influential friend by far was Dick Cheney, the elder Bush's defense secretary who became the younger Bush's vice president and a prime force in driving government to the right.

His second thoughts illustrated two realities about Bush.

"During my presidency, Dad and I didn't talk much about policy", George W. Bush writes in "41: A Portrait of My Father", about the 41st president.

Bush's presidential record is layered with a number of significant global efforts.

Bush's crowning achievement as president was assembling the worldwide military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbor Iraq in 1991 in a war that lasted just 100 hours. He continued good relations with the former Soviet Union as it moved towards democracy.

When he was running for re-election in 1992, President George H.W. Bush told Catholic News Service that he believed that a strong religious faith could provide "an extra shot of strength when you need it". I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His remarkable leadership and great heart were always on full display. "I don't do 'em", Bush responded.

Governor Asa Hutchinson said, "Last night, the world witnessed the passing of someone we all considered our friend. And while George H.W. Bush is no longer with us, his legacy lives on, forever enshrined in the hearts of the countless Americans he inspired and touched throughout the course of his storied life". I wish your family well. All Americans can identify with the heart of a man we watched serve our country from WWII to the liberation of Kuwait.

The four-day tribute includes lying in state at the U.S. Capitol for parts of three days, a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and eventual burial at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. "Tonette and I send our love and prayers to the Bush family as America mourns the loss of one of our greatest patriots". The flags at the White House were lowered to half staff. You will be our President when you read this note. Sitting presidents often don't go to services for former first ladies; Melania Trump represented her husband.

What will preclude him from being considered one of the foremost USA presidents is his failure to win re-election.

George H.W. Bush was an honorable man.

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