For­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush dead at 94

Stabroek News Sunday - - WORLD NEWS -

HOUS­TON/WASH­ING­TON, (Reuters) - Tributes to for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, who died late Fri­day at the age of 94, poured in from around the world yes­ter­day as global lead­ers hon­oured him for his role in help­ing to end the Cold War and re­duce the threat of nu­clear an­ni­hi­la­tion.

Bush, the 41st U.S. pres­i­dent who served in the of­fice from 1989 to 1993, also routed Pres­i­dent Sad­dam Hus­sein’s Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War but lost his chance for a sec­ond term in the White House af­ter break­ing a no-new-taxes pledge.

“Many of my me­mories are linked to him,” said Mikhail Gor­bachev, the last leader of the So­viet Union, with whom Bush signed a strate­gic arms re­duc­tion treaty that scaled back the two coun­tries’ nu­clear ar­se­nals.

“We hap­pened to work to­gether in years of great changes. It was a dra­matic time de­mand­ing huge re­spon­si­bil­ity from ev­ery­one,” Rus­sia’s In­ter­fax news agency quoted Gor­bachev as say­ing.

Bush, who also served for eight years as U.S. vice pres­i­dent dur­ing Ron­ald Rea­gan’s two-term pres­i­dency and ear­lier as head of the CIA, died on Fri­day night at his home in Hous­ton. His death was an­nounced by his long­time spokesman Jim McGrath. Speak­ing in Buenos Aires, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump called Bush “a high-qual­ity man.”

“He was a very fine man. I met him on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. He was just a high-qual­ity man who truly loved his fam­ily,” Trump told re­porters at a G20 sum­mit in Buenos Aires. “He was a ter­rific guy and he’ll be missed. He led a full life, and a very ex­em­plary life, too.”

The White House said a state fu­neral is be­ing ar­ranged at the Na­tional Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton. Bush’s body will ar­rive at the U.S. Capi­tol to­mor­row and will lie in state through Wed­nes­day morn­ing, with a cer­e­mony set for 5 p.m. to­mor­row. The pub­lic will be able to line up to view Bush’s cas­ket con­tin­u­ously from to­mor­row at 7:30 p.m. ET un­til Wed­nes­day at 7 a.m. ET.

Trump said he spoke yes­ter­day to for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush about his father’s death. Trump also said the pres­i­den­tial plane will be flown to Hous­ton to bring Bush’s body to Wash­ing­ton af­ter Trump re­turns from Ar­gentina.

The pres­i­dent, who plans to at­tend the fu­neral with first lady Me­la­nia Trump, also des­ig­nated Wed­nes­day as a na­tional day of mourn­ing, and or­dered the low­er­ing of the Amer­i­can flag for 30 days.

Trump yes­ter­day signed an or­der clos­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day as a mark of re­spect for Bush. The New York Stock Ex­change and Nas­daq will also be closed on Wed­nes­day in his honour.

For­mer U.S. pres­i­dents lauded Bush. “His ad­min­is­tra­tion was marked by grace, ci­vil­ity and so­cial con­science,” Jimmy Carter, a Bush pre­de­ces­sor and now the old­est liv­ing for­mer pres­i­dent at 94, said in a state­ment.

Barack Obama de­scribed Bush as “a pa­triot and hum­ble ser­vant” while Bill Clin­ton, who de­feated Bush in the 1992 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, re­called his “great long life of ser­vice, love and friend­ship.”

Bush, a U.S. naval avi­a­tor dur­ing World War Two, was the father of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, who served two terms in the White House in the 2000s, and for­mer Florida Gov­er­nor Jeb Bush, who un­suc­cess­fully sought the 2016 Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent. Like his sons, he was a Repub­li­can.

Ge­orge H.W. Bush

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Guyana

© PressReader. All rights reserved.