Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Bush’s final words revealed as America mourns dead president

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The Queen, Donald Trump and the Dalai Lama led tributes to the former U.S. president George HW Bush who has died at the age of 94.

The US flag was lowered to half mast at the White House after his son, former US president George Bush Jnr, announced his father had died at 4.10am GMT yesterday.

Mr. Bush died at 10:10 p.m. Friday at his home in Houston, according to the family spokesperson.

"Thank you very much everybody", Trump replied.

As Bush sr.'s condition declined on Friday at his home in a gated community in Houston, Texas, he was placed on speakerphone with his son, who was at his home in Dallas.

"And he cocked one eye open and quipped, 'Well, you better hurry", James Baker recalled Sunday as he described the 41st president's final hours of life.


In lieu of flowers, the Bush family has requested that donations be made to the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. The remains will be transported by funeral auto (train) to College Station. "We wanted to come here and at least respect senior George Bush because he was a great president and a great human being", said Bhoumin Mehta, a well-wisher from Sugar Land, southwest of Houston. He credited Bush's ability to negotiate with former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as playing a key role. Guided by his wisdom, sound judgment, and unshakable faith in freedom, President Bush forged a lasting global order and ushered in an era of national peace and prosperity. "The result was the end of the Cold War and nuclear arms race".

"His exemplary spirit of service and commitment to country would mark each of his roles - including in Congress, as ambassador to the United Nations, as head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and in the White House", Trudeau said of the former president in a written statement.

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. "I don't do 'em", Bush responded.

Soon after he reached the zenith of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, the U.S. economy began to sour, however, and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great orator, was out of touch with ordinary people. But the world of politics was calling this son of a U.S. senator. "And I think his career really represents a generation that many Americans now and in the future will consider our country's greatest generation". Eight years later, in accepting his party's nomination for president in 1988, Bush pleaded for a "kinder, and gentler nation".

The words were Bush's last.

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