The Country Mourns The Death of Our 41st President

Luke Bakshandeh


George H. W. Bush (1924-2018)

Former President George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States died on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94 at his home in Houston Texas. His much-beloved wife Barbara Bush died only 8 months ago. He was the son of and born to Prescott Bush, former US Senator and Investment Banker in Greenwich Connecticut.

President Bush has a long history of public service and love for our country. He chose to serve our country by enlisting and serving in the US Navy as a fighter pilot in World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His plane was shot down and out of the three pilots he was the only survivor of the attack. He has repeatedly stated multiple times that one of his biggest regrets in life was losing two of his men during this combat mission. He was also a decorated war hero. After the war, he returned to the USA where he matriculated at Yale. He was an accomplished baseball player and played as a left-handed first baseman for the Yale baseball team. He was also the captain of the Yale baseball team during his senior year. He played in the College World Series two times.

President Bush met his wife during his life in Connecticut and they moved to Houston Texas after they were married. In Texas, President Bush started his business career. First, he was a salesman for oil drilling equipment and later he served as president and co-founder of ZAPATA offshore Industries. He was a multi-millionaire and his family at one point was the owner of the Texas Rangers. He also started his political career in Texas. He served our country in more positions of leadership in public service than any other American in history. Amongst his elected positions he served as US Congressman for Texas, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the US Liaison Office of the USA to China, Vice President of the USA for 8 years and Director of the CIA.  He was also Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He served as the President of the United States for 4 years. He is responsible for the NAFTA agreement that has lasted for over 30 years and is credited with the reunification of Germany amongst his many other accomplishments. Unfortunately, he was replaced after one term by Bill Clinton, because of a poor domestic economy. Actually, it was the tax increase that he coordinated as a bi-partisan bill that sparked the economic recovery the next 4 years which ended up costing him the election. Bill Clinton ended up taking credit for the recovery. 

President George Bush should be remembered for his great humility and his statement that we want to be a gentler kinder nation that wants to have the respect of the world. He reached out to the world with an open hand and not angry rhetoric. He believed in reconciliation and said he never had a permanent enemy, political or otherwise.

He will be missed and forever remembered.