The Death And Legacy of George H. W. Bush


Emerson Marquez, Opinions Editor

George H. W. Bush, the 47th president of the United States of America has sadly passed away at the age of 94. He was born on June 12, 1924. He passed at his house in Houston, Tx, on November 30, 2018 the cause of death is unknown but before his death he suffered from vascular Parkinsonism. Vascular Parkinsonism is a form of Parkinson’s disease (a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement), that had forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair since before 2012.

His legacy as a president and his accomplishments in his political life are not soon going to be forgotten. During his time as president he had to deal with the collapse of the USSR and the unification of Germany. He will also be remembered for his great success in his victory over Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait.

His service to America hasn’t just been his presidency. He fought in World War II in the U.S. Navy against the Japanese, in the Pacific. His political career wasn’t just his presidency, it stretched far beyond that and some highlights include: Bush wins a seat in the house of representatives in 1996, president Nixon appointed him as the U.S. ambassador to the UN in 1971, president Ford makes him the CIA director in 1976, And he was Ronald Reagan’s vice-president from 1981 to 1989.

His funeral was attended by all living past presidents and their respective wives. George H. W. Bush is currently the longest lived U.S. president in history. And his death comes 7 months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. The day of his death President Donald Trump declared a National Day of Mourning and ordered that all flags in the United States of America will be lowered at half mast for 30 days after his death. The United States Postal Service suspended regular mail delivery, the New York Stock exchange and NASDAQ both suspended trading for the rest of the day.

After his death his body was lain state in the Capitol Rotunda, where the current president, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump visited it. His funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral.