George H.W. Bush's last words revealed

George H.W. Bush's last words revealed

Bush wasn't well enough to attend the event, so Mulroney paid the former president a visit at home before the ceremony.

At the presidential library on Saturday, people came to sign the memorial book in Bush's honour, or lay flowers at the feet of his statue. "President, Secretary Baker is here, '" he said. Barack Obama's to Donald Trump offered congratulations on "a remarkable run" and checked off verities of American leadership - advice to "build more ladders of success", "sustain the worldwide order", yet take time for family.

The Trumps were informed of Bush's death late Friday while in Buenos Aires for the Group of 20 summit of rich and developing nations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered his thoughts on Bush's legacy, saying the former USA president's commitment to his country was clear.

"I think when people hear the name George H.W. Bush they think of the word 'statesman, '" George P. Bush told The Associated Press in 2013. "I don't do 'em", Bush responded.

The prime minister also remembered Bush as a "great American patriot" and praised his "wise leadership" at the end of the Cold War, which "helped steer the world to a peaceful transition and the spread of democracy". "He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all", he wrote on Twitter.


Soon after he reached the zenith of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, the US economy began to sour, however, and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great orator, was out of touch with ordinary people. He ran against one of Bush's sons, Jeb Bush, in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, and was sharply critical of the two-term presidency of another, George W. Bush.

Tributes poured in from world leaders in memory of the 41st United States president, who guided America through the end of the Cold War and launched the global campaign to drive Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president.

In August 2015, Trump tweeted a dig at the presidency of George H.W. Bush, writing: "The last thing we need is another Bush in the White House".

Bush, who died on Friday in Houston at the age of 94, is to be honored with a state funeral in Washington's twin-spired National Cathedral, with President Donald Trump and his wife Melania to attend, the White House has confirmed.

In recent years, Bush suffered from numerous health problems, including Parkinson's disease that kept him wheelchair bound and a bout of severe pneumonia in 2013.

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