Congressional leaders pay tribute to former President George H.W. Bush

Congressional leaders pay tribute to former President George H.W. Bush

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Former cabinet members from the administration of GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, the 43rd President of the United States, stand at the top of the Capitol steps to the left, and his family members stand to the right, awaiting his body to be brought into the Capitol Rotunda to lie in State, December 3, 2018., (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Former cabinet members from the administration of President George H.W. Bush stand at the top of the U.S. Capitol steps to the left, and his family members stand to the right, as his body is brought into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Monday evening to lie in state. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders Saturday morning paid tribute to former President George H.W. Bush.

“George H.W. Bush was a man for all seasons. He was great in his impact, making the world safer and freer. He was great in his character, leading with decency and integrity. A war hero and statesman, the country is inspired by his example,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement.

Bush died Friday evening at age 94. He had been in declining health for the past couple of years and was frequently in and out of the hospital.

Bush served as America’s 41st president. He occupied the Oval Office from 1989-93.

During his tenure Eastern bloc nations gained independence, the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union collapsed and the U.S. led an international coalition that drove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

Prior to being elected president Bush served as Vice President for eight years under Ronald Reagan. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and as a member of Congress.

Bush’s defeat at the hands of Bill Clinton in the 1992 Presidential Election did not prevent he and Clinton from working together on humanitarian issues.

In 2010, at the request of then-President Barack Obama, the former presidents came to together to assist Haitian earthquake victims.

The non-profit Clinton Bush Haiti Fund raised more than $54 million from charities, businesses and individuals to help rebuild the island.

Both Clinton and Obama thanked for Bush for his service to the nation.

H.W.’s son, George W. Bush, succeeded Clinton in office.

W. defeated Clinton’s vice president, Al Gore, in one of the most contentious races in U.S. history. Gore won the popular vote but narrowly lost the Electoral College.

During W’s two terms in office his father is said to have served as a frequent informal advisor.

Bush is survived by four children, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bush’s wife of 73 years, former First Lady Barbara Bush, died in April.

Funeral plans for the former president have not yet been announced.

Fox reported that Bush is expected to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week.

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