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Former
President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss
before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta
Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston, February 5,
2017.

Eric Gay/AP

  • Former President George H.W. Bush died
    Friday
     at the age of 94.
  • Bush suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease and
    was hospitalized periodically in recent years for
    pneumonia.

Former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the
United States, died Friday at 94.

Bush, 93, was admitted to Houston Methodist
Hospital
in April after “contracting an infection that spread
to his blood,” according to a statement from Bush family
spokesman Jim McGrath.

Bush suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease and had been
hospitalized several times in recent years.

The former commander-in-chief was treated for pneumonia and was
temporarily placed on a ventilator in 2017.

Bush served as president from
1989 to 1993. Before that, he served as vice president under
Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

Bush’s death follows the passing of his wife, former first lady
Barbara Bush, who died on
April 17. Barbara, 92, suffered from chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure. The two

had been married for 73 years
.

Bush, a Massachusetts native, joined the US armed forces on his
18th birthday in 1938 and eventually became the youngest naval
pilot at the time. He flew a total of 58 combat missions during
World War II, including one where he was shot down by Japanese
forces.


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Then-US
ambassador to the United Nations, George H.W. Bush, raises his
hand signaling a veto vote in September 10,
1972.

Dave
Pickoff/AP


From the Ivy League to the oil business, and then public service

After graduating from Yale University and venturing into the oil
business, Bush jumped into politics and eventually became a
congressman, representing the 7th Congressional District in
Texas. He made two unsuccessful runs for Senate, but would later
serve in various political capacities — including as the US
ambassador the United Nations, Republican National Committee
chair, and CIA director.

Bush decided to run for president in 1980; however, failed to
secure the Republican Party’s nomination during the primaries.
Reagan soon chose Bush as his running mate and vice presidential
nominee.

He ran for president again with Sen. Dan Quayle of Indiana as his
running mate, and won, in 1988.

During his time in office, Bush oversaw major foreign-policy
decisions that would have lasting effects on the global stage.

As one of his first major decisions, Bush decided to remove
Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega — a former US ally turned
international drug lord — from power. Around 23,000 US troops
took part part in “Operation Just Cause” and
invaded Panama. Noriega eventually surrendered to the US and
although the operation was seen as a US victory, it was also
viewed as a violation of international law.


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Then-vice
president George H.W. Bush sits with Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, December 10,
1987.

J. Scott
Applewhite/AP


As the sitting president during the demise of the Soviet Union,
Bush held summits with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and
advocated for the reduction of nuclear weapons while cultivating
US-Soviet ties. When the Soviet Union finally fell, Bush heralded it as a “victory for
democracy and freedom” but held back on implementing a US-centric
policy on the confederation of nations that emerged.

On August 2, 1990, Bush faced what was arguably his greatest
test. Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait after accusing
it of stealing oil and conspiring to influence oil prices. Bush
formed a coalition of nations, including the Soviet Union, to
denounce Hussein’s actions and liberate Kuwait in “Operation
Desert Shield” and eventually “Operation Desert Storm.” Around
425,000 US troops and 118,000 coalition forces were mobilized for
weeks of aerial strikes and a 100-hour ground battle.

Despite his achievements beyond the US border, Bush was less
successful back home. He fell short in his bid for reelection in
1992, during a time of high unemployment rates and
continued deficit spending. Bush pulled in only 168 electoral
votes that year, compared to Bill Clinton — then the governor of
Arkansas — who collected 370 electoral votes.

Following his presidency, the Bushes relocated to Houston, Texas,
where they settled down and became active
in the community
.


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Former
Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, accompanied by
their family members, watch as pallbearers carry the casket of
former first lady Barbara Bush after a funeral service Bush at
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018, in
Houston.

Evan
Vucci/AP


Bush received several accolades after his presidency, including
receiving a knighthood at Buckingham Palace, and having the US
Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush
(CVN 77), named after him.

In 2017, several women accused Bush of sexual
misconduct and telling lewd jokes. Bush’s representatives
released a statement at the time, saying that he occasionally
“patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured
manner.”

Bush is survived by his sons, former President George W. Bush,
former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and
daughter Dorothy Bush Koch.

“Some see leadership as high drama and the sound of trumpets
calling, and sometimes it is that,” Bush said during his inaugural address on January 20, 1989. “But I
see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a
page with acts of hopefulness and meaning.”

Bush continued: “The new breeze blows, a page turns, the story
unfolds. And so, today a chapter begins, a small and stately
story of unity, diversity, and generosity — shared, and written,
together.”

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