George Bush Sr., 41st US President, dies at the age of 94

George W. Bush, son and the 43rd President of the US, announced the news of George Bush Sr's death via a statement.

George Bush Sr., 41st US President, dies at the age of 94

George HW Bush, the 41st president of the United States, and the father of the 43rd President, George W Bush, has died at the age of 94 on Friday evening. Bush Jr announced the news of his father’s death with a statement: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, out dear Dad has died." He further added, "The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens."

 



 

HW Bush's death comes just months after the death of his wife and one of America's favorite first ladies, Barbara Bush, in April. They were married for 73 years, and he used to call her his "most beloved woman in the world." The Bushes were a power couple during his time in office, while the decorated war pilot and former CIA chief focused on global affairs, she became the face of the White House domestically.

Having served as the Vice President to Ronald Regan for his two terms, HW Bush became the first serving vice-president for more than 150 years to be elected to the highest office in 1989. His presidential terms were defined by his foreign policies at the time of the disenfranchisement of the USSR, which automatically made the US the unmatched global superpower. Two years after being elected to the office, he assembled an unprecedented coalition to defeat Iraq and took down Saddam Hussein.

President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush arrive for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images)
President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush arrive for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images)

Despite all his achievements on the global front, a weak economy, mostly triggered by the Cold War, left his fan base pretty weak. Although he had popularity ratings of 90 %, most Americans felt that he was neglecting domestic affairs. During his campaign for the 1992 elections for a second term in office, he had ran promised not to increase taxes, but the voters could not be swayed, and Bill Clinton defeated him.

However, despite the bad rep at the end of his term, HW Bush is looked upon as one of the most respectable presidents of the United States, and many have expressed their condolences upon hearing the news of his death.