Barack Obama was one of the last people to have met George HW Bush in Houston days before his death
George HW Bush, the 41st president, died at the age of 94 on Friday at his home in Houston. Bush's death comes after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, passed away on April 17.
Following the death of George HW Bush, it has come to light that he happened to share quite an interesting relationship with former US president Barack Obama. The two may have had contrasting political opinions but their shared bond was truly unique.
Daily Mail reports that three days before Bush's death Obama met with him at his home in Houston. Obama then went on to conduct a statesman's discussion at a Rice University gala with Bush's former chief of staff and Secretary of State James Baker. During this discussion, Obama spoke highly about the former president's diplomacy.
He said, "When it comes to foreign policy, the work that President George H.W. Bush did with Jim (James) at his side was as important and as deft and as effective a set of foreign policy initiatives as we saw in recent years, and deserve enormous credit for navigating the end of the Cold War in a way that could have gone sideways, all kinds of ways." He also spoke about a major challenge that accompanies working in the White House which is not always getting credit "when nothing happens. And nothing happening is good," Obama added.
Obama issued an official statement on the passing of George HW Bush.
America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
George HW Bush, the 41st president, died at the age of 94 on Friday at his home in Houston. Bush's death comes after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, passed away on April 17 at age 92. Before her funeral, Bush was pictured in a wheelchair gazing at his wife's flower-covered casket, in a moment that encapsulated their life-long love affair reports CNN. He will be buried alongside his wife and the former first lady at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.
Coming to his political acumen, he was known as the president who steered America through the end of the Cold War, his foreign policy helped navigate the choppy times that happened to be the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 and then formed quite an unlikely coalition that helped defeat Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
He was also the second person in US history to see his own son become president; his son George Walker Bush was elected in 2000. Bush's legacy will be carried forward by his other son Jeb, the former Florida governor and 2016 presidential candidate; sons Neil and Marvin; daughter Dorothy; and 17 grandchildren.