The Washington Post reports:
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.
The last veteran of World War II to serve as president, he was a consummate public servant and a statesman who helped guide the nation and the world out of a four-decade Cold War that had carried the threat of nuclear annihilation. His death, at 94 on Nov. 30 also marked the passing of an era.
Although Mr. Bush served as president three decades ago, his values and ethic seem centuries removed from today’s acrid political culture. His currency of personal connection was the handwritten letter — not the social media blast.
BREAKING: George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States whose long life in the public sphere was defined by service, has died at the age of 94 https://t.co/F8tENN7eJI pic.twitter.com/ZZYV47mZYh
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 1, 2018
My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. His life spanned the American Century—he fought in World War II … took part in the Texas oil boom … served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War. pic.twitter.com/6i68EPVC3j
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) December 1, 2018
A World War II vet. A congressman. A vice president and president. George H.W. Bush’s service to his country will be part of his legacy – along with his fierce devotion to his wife of 73 years, Barbara.
— POLITICO (@politico) December 1, 2018
RIP President George H.W. Bush. pic.twitter.com/w4e0aCxZ60
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 1, 2018