Written by- Devyani Bisen
"History will point out some of the things I did wrong and some of the things I did right.”- George H.W. Bush
George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the man to steer his country through one crisis and end his term on another, died on November 30th, 2018 after a violent battle with Parkinson’s disease.
His death came less than a year later than his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. He was born on June 12th, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts into a family of considerable wealth and political prestige. A Yale alumni, the former president entered the white house with a stellar resume which included being an ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice President under Ronald Reagan and a two term congressman from Texas. He was the epitome of diplomatic as he played a key role in ending the cold war and as well as a stellar commander in chief for his largely successful military operations in Iraq and Panama. However, his international achievements were drowned out by a lack of domestic triumphs and an economic crisis which led to his defeat in the election of 1992.
Post Presidency, Mr. Bush became more of an observer than a doer after leaving a political legacy in the form of his son who would go on to become the 43rd President of the United States. He maintained an active lifestyle which included jumping from parachutes for his birthdays, travelling the world for white house missions, and joining his formal rival, Mr. Clinton, to raise funds for the 2004 tsunami in Asia and hurricane Katrina. From being a naval aviator in the second world war to a successful oil tycoon to one of the most controversial yet historic president, George Bush became an icon.
As said by James Baker, the former secretary of state and one of Bush’s closest friends, “George H.W. Bush was the best one term president the country has ever had,and one of the most underrated presidents of all time.”