A Man To Remember: George H.W. Bush


Alex Brandon

The family of George H. W. Bush in mourning.

Olivia Skiljan, Staff Writer

George H.W. Bush was a man who accomplished much in his life; he was loved by all and was a friend to anyone.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924. He became an American statesman and Republican Party politician who served as the 41 President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43 Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He had also been a U.S. Representative, Ambassador and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush, but after his eldest son George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2001, he was referred to as “George H. W. Bush,” “Bush 41,” or “George Bush Sr.”

After losing his beloved wife Barbara in April 2018, life was becoming hard. Many thought he would die of a broken heart. His wife of 73 years was gone. He honored her life in a beautiful funeral and tried to move on with his life, but the day after Mrs. Bush died he was hospitalized for an infection in his bloodstream. He had had many previous health issues in past years, including Parkinson’s, and had used a wheelchair to get around.

Eventually it all became too much, and on Friday November 30 he died. President Trump declared it a national day of mourning.

Bush was 94 years old. Everyone who knew him called him an incredible man who accomplished much in his life, was a friend to all and was loyal to his country and the people who lived there. Many people came to show their love and respect at his funeral.

Ninety-five year old former senator Bob Dole, who had twice competed with Bush for the Republican presidential nomination, made an emotional appearance Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. An aide helped Dole out of his wheelchair so he could stand briefly before Bush’s body to salute him one last time.

George H.W. Bush was beloved and respected by all, even his competitors. He will forever be remembered as a selfless, caring and loyal man, and will be missed by many.