Which president died before George Bush

United States : Ex-President George H. W. Bush is dead

He steered the USA through the end of the Cold War and founded a political dynasty: Former US President George H. W. Bush is dead. He died at the age of 94, the family announced on Saturday night. He died on Friday evening at 10:10 p.m. local time.

He was the best father anyone could have wished for as a son or daughter, according to a statement from his son, former US President George W. Bush. The whole family is deeply grateful for his life. The second oldest son, Jeb Bush, wrote on Twitter that nothing gave his father more pleasure than helping others.

The Republican was Vice President under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989 and then head of government in Washington for four years. His son George W. Bush was president from 2001 to 2009.

George H. W. Bush has had to be treated in the hospital again and again in recent years. Around two and a half years ago, he broke a cervical vertebra in a fall in his holiday home. Most recently he was in a wheelchair. Only in April of this year his wife Barbara died. The two were married for 73 years. The couple had six children, one of whom died at the age of three.

Obama and Trump pay tribute to Bush

The Democratic ex-President Barack Obama was dismayed by the death of George H. W. Bush. America has lost a "patriot and humble servant," said a statement by Barack and Michelle Obama. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also full of gratitude.” Bush dedicated his life to a country he loved. He left a legacy that could never be achieved "even if he wanted us all to try".

US President Donald Trump also paid tribute to his deceased predecessor. Through his authenticity, his wit and his unwavering commitment to faith, family and the country, he had inspired generations of Americans to do public service, a statement from the White House said on Saturday night. Bush always found a way to raise the bar.

"With good judgment, common sense and unwavering leadership, President Bush brought our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious end to the Cold War," it said. Bush laid the foundations for decades of prosperity. In everything that he has achieved, he has always remained humble.

As President spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced, Trump will attend the state funeral for Bush. "The president will designate Wednesday, December 5th, a national day of mourning." Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would attend the memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington. The state funeral ceremonies should extend over several days. During a phone call planned for the morning Trump Bush's son, George W. Bush, personally wanted to express his condolences to the First Lady and those of the whole country. Trump is currently at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

The Democratic ex-President Bill Clinton has described the friendship with his late predecessor George H. W. Bush as one of the greatest gifts of his life. He will always be grateful for that, said Clinton on Saturday. From the moment he met Bush as a young governor, he was impressed by the kindness with which Bush treated his daughter Chelsea, by his peculiar and sincere decency and his affection for his wife Barbara. Clinton went on to say that he was grateful for every minute he spent with Bush.

The war for the liberation of Kuwait is particularly remembered from George H. W. Bush's tenure. He also showed a special profile after the fall of the Berlin Wall - as one of the very few Western heads of state, he openly supported German unity. The then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl praised him for this and called him a "stroke of luck" for Germany.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 41st President of the USA was the first Western statesman to ever use the word “reunification”. Who was not afraid of a united Germany. Which, unlike France and Great Britain, did not wall in the decisive months and did not play for time. Back then, Bush senior quickly and resolutely opted for “one Germany”.

According to historian Mark Updegrove, George H. W. Bush did not have a good opinion of Donald Trump and did not vote for him in November 2016 - even though he was his party's candidate. Trump stayed away from Barbara Bush's memorial service. The president sent a message that he did not want to attend the ceremony “out of respect for the Bush family”. (dpa)

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