Hail to the chief: Tributes af­ter death of a pres­i­dent

World lead­ers salute Ge­orge Bush Snr af­ter death at 94

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Han­nah Rodger [email protected]

The Queen and Bri­tish prime min­is­ters, past and present, paid tribute to Pres­i­dent Ge­orge HW Bush yes­ter­day af­ter his death aged 94.

The com­man­der-in-chief at the end of the Cold War, the 41st pres­i­dent will also go down in his­tory as the man who took the US into the first Gulf con­flict.

The Queen said: “Pres­i­dent Bush was a great friend and ally of the United King­dom.

“He was also a pa­triot, serv­ing his coun­try with honour and dis­tinc­tion in of­fice and dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.”

Her tribute was echoed by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, who said an “ethos of pub­lic ser­vice was the guid­ing thread of his life and an ex­am­ple to us all”.

She added: “It took him from ser­vice in the Sec­ond World War, to his stew­ard­ship of the CIA and his di­rec­tion of the Gulf War as com­man­der-in-chief. And in nav­i­gat­ing a peace­ful end to the Cold War he made the world a safer place for gen­er­a­tions to come.” For­mer PM Tony Blair said he was “an ex­tra­or­di­nary and ex­em­plary pub­lic ser­vant, a man ded­i­cated to his coun­try, the val­ues it stands for at its best and to mak­ing the world bet­ter, more sta­ble and more peace­ful”.

Sir John Ma­jor, who worked with Mr Bush in the coali­tion to ex­pel Iraqi dic­ta­tor Sad­dam Hus­sein from Kuwait dur­ing the 1991 Gulf War, said it was a “priv­i­lege” to have known him.

“Some­times peo­ple think pol­i­tics is tawdry,” he said. “You could have never have said that about the way Ge­orge Bush be­haved in pol­i­tics. He had op­po­nents but never en­e­mies.

“He cer­tainly was a man who made sure pol­i­tics was a re­spectable pro­fes­sion and he un­der­stood its obli­ga­tions to ev­ery­one, not just the pow­er­ful, not just the rich, not just the mighty.”

Mr Bush died just seven months af­ter his wife of 73 years, Bar­bara, who passed away in April.

He was elected pres­i­dent in 1988 but served just one term be­fore los­ing his re-elec­tion bid to Demo­crat Bill Clin­ton. At the age of 18, he had be­come the youngest pi­lot in the US Navy when he re­ceived his wings. He went on to fly 58 com­bat mis­sions. One saw him shot down by Ja­panese an­ti­air­craft fire over the Pa­cific, leav­ing him to be res­cued by a US sub­ma­rine. He was later awarded the Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Cross for brav­ery in ac­tion.

The father of five had well-doc­u­mented links to Scot­land, pri­mar­ily through his friend­ship with ac­coun­tant and busi­ness­man Jim Gam­mell, whom he met in the 1950s.

The el­dest Bush son, Ge­orge, who fol­lowed in his father’s foot­steps by serv­ing as pres­i­dent from 2001 to 2009, was in­vited to hol­i­day with the Gam­mell fam­ily in Perthshire and formed a bond with Jim’s son Bill, which still lasts to­day.

Mr Gam­mell’s ac­coun­tancy firm Ivory and Sime was in­vited to in­vest in Ge­orge Bush Snr’s Za­p­ata Petroleum, even­tu­ally help­ing the com­pany earn a multi-millionpound re­turn.

Along with Scot­tish friends and a love of the coun­try’s golf cour­ses, the Bush fam­ily an­ces­try has been traced back to Scot­land prior to the Amer­i­can revo­lu­tion.

Then con­gress­man Ge­orge HW Bush in 1970

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