A Tribute to George H. W. Bush

Ryan Pagano, Copy Editor

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This past November, the nation lost one of the most qualified men to ever become the president of the United States of America: George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush was a World War II veteran, the director of the CIA, Ronald Reagan’s vice president, but most importantly, the 41st President of the United States of America.

George H.W. Bush passed away on November 30, 2018 at the age of 94. His cause of death was Parkinson’s Disease, which forced him to use a wheelchair for the last few years of his life.

From December 3 to December 5, 2018, his remains were lain in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol. With that, he became the 32nd person to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. He shares this honor with former presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and Senator John McCain.

President Trump called for a national day of remembrance on Wednesday, December 5, when Bush’s funeral services took place in Washington D.C. President Trump attended, as well as former presidents Obama, Clinton, and Carter. Afterwards, he was transported to Texas where another funeral service occurred on Thursday, December 6. Mr. Bush’s final resting place is at the George H.W. Bush Library, located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

While he was seen as a one-term President, George H.W. Bush was much more than that. He accomplished many great things as our Commander in Chief. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990 and helped end the Cold War one year later. In 1992, he ran for re-election but ended up losing to Democrat Bill Clinton.

After losing his re-election, he witnessed his son, George W. Bush, become the 43rd president of the United States in 2000. Eleven years later, he received the Presidential Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. George Herbert Walker Bush may be gone, but his legacy and commitment to put our country first will always be remembered.

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