|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|George Bush was an American patrician who brought great talents to the presidency and wrought great achievements, but never quite grasped the pitiless frivolity of US politics. At his zenith, he shone in the international firmament, as the embodiment of US hegemony; at home his grasp was never so sure, and his single term in the White House ended in frustration, controversy and bitter defeat.
Bush was elected to office in 1988 after eight years as vice president to his fellow Republican, Ronald Reagan. Where Reagan’s great achievement, in foreign affairs, was to perceive the weakness of the Soviet Union, to stand up to the Soviet leadership and eventually to reach agreements with the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bush inherited a world in which Communist regimes were already collapsing, in which the United States found itself, somewhat to its own surprise, as the only superpower.
- Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94
- The 41st president was a World War Two aviator and Texas oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964
- His son, former President George W Bush, announced his death
- President Trump paid tribute to Bush’s “unwavering commitment to faith, family and country”
- George HW Bush was in office during the final days of the Cold War when the USSR collapsed in 1991
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has described George HW Bush as “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”.
“He was a great friend and ally to Britain, a supporter of the Transatlantic Alliance and a huge influence in the development of Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“My deepest sympathies and condolences go to the Bush family at this time,” Mr Blair said.
French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to George H.W. Bush, describing him as a “world leader, who strongly supported the alliance with Europe”.
On behalf of the French people, I convey all my condolences to the American nation for the loss of former President George Bush. He was a world leader, who strongly supported the alliance with Europe. Our sympathy to his family and beloved ones.BBC NEWS