Former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush | REUTERS
Tributes to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who died at the age of 94, poured in from around the world on Saturday (December 1) as global leaders honored him for his role in helping to end the Cold War and reduce the danger of nuclear annihilation.
In Washington, D.C., flags at the White House and the U.S. Capitol building were lowered to half-staff. Early morning tourists outside the White House remembered Bush’ as “compassionate” and a “gentleman” and lauded his ability to cross party lines.
“War hero, gentlemen, statesmen. Loved by all. Was a great aggregator. I loved the fact that the Clintons and the Bushes became great friends and I hope that we get more of that type of person going forward in the future,” said Steve O’Brien, a tourist from New York.
“He crossed the lines with the Democrats and he became friends finally with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and that horrible partisanship that is pervasive in our country right now quickly went away,” said Blake Messinger, also visiting from New York.
Bush, the 41st president of the United States who possessed one of the most impressive resumes in American political history, also routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army but lost his chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.
His death at 10:10 p.m. CST Friday (0410 GMT Saturday) was first announced in a brief statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available. — Reuters