George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States of America (1989-1993), passed away last November 30 at the age of 94. Prior to his service in office, he was also the nation’s vice-president from 1981-1989, and was in the US Navy during the Second World War. Bush’s administration was heavily driven by foreign policies, especially towards the end of the Cold War.
Bush Family spokesman Jim McGrath broke the news about his passing, and tributes from fellow politicians and celebrities flocked the Internet to honor the “longest-lived president” of the USA.
His son, former president George W. Bush (2001-2009), was among the first to honor his father when he released a statement saying he was “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
George P. Bush, grandson of the deceased president, posted a small thread on Twitter sharing not only his duty to the country but his love for his family – even mentioning some of their best memories together.
Former presidents Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) also released statements citing his service record to the country, that Clinton comments “few Americans have been—or will ever be—able to match, and the joy he took every day from it.”
Kennedy Center Honors awardees Gloria Estefan and Cher took to social media to remember Bush in their own ways – Estefan recalls the first time she met the president, while Cher called him by the fond nickname Poppy Bush. At this year’s Kennedy Center Honors gala, a standing ovation was given for Bush, who frequently attended during his administration.
Other celebrities that posted tributes include singer-actress Barbra Streisand, talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, and actor-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, all revering Bush’s kind heart.
Bush’s remains are currently lying in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol for a state funeral service. On Wednesday (Dec. 5) he will be transported back to Texas. A private funeral on Thursday (Dec. 6) will be held at the Bush family plot, where he will be laid to rest with his wife Barbara, who died last April, and their daughter Robin, who passed away in 1953 from leukemia. We salute George for his service.