George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2018, at his home in Houston, TX. President Bush was a long-time public servant who spent a majority of his life serving others in a variety of offices and capacities.
President Bush entered the Navy claiming to be 18 but was really only 17 years old making him one of the youngest naval aviators. He was a war hero, shot down by the Japanese, Bush narrowly escaped alive and was luckily saved by a submarine. After his service in the Navy, he attended Yale University and then entered the oil business in his home state of Texas, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.
Bush first entered politics at the age of 42 when he was elected to the House of Representatives from the 7th congressional district. After serving in Congress, he was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President Richard Nixon and later became Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
President Bush became the 11th Director of Central Intelligence Agency in 1976 and ran for president in the Republican primary, but was defeated by President Ronald Reagan and later selected as President Ronald Reagan’s vice-president serving for eight years before being elected as President in 1988.
41 became president at a time of great change in the world, the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union both came crashing down. President Bush was Commander-in-Chief during the Invasion of Iraq after Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait, where he ordered American troops to remove the Iraqi army out of Kuwait. After the engagement he gained an 89% approval rating which is the highest of any president.
President Bush was credited with the phrase, “a thousand points of light” which encouraged volunteerism. During his presidency, Bush said, “old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.” President Bush may very well have been speaking about the Bullis community. The Bullis Way.
President Bush called for a, “kinder, gentler nation,” and it reflected of who he was as a person and his idea to work together to accomplish goals for the greater good.
President Bush lost his re-election in 1992 to President Bill Clinton. Many claims say he lost his bid for re-election due to his pledge of, “No new taxes” but his administration was responsible for new taxes and the voters elected President Clinton.
President Bush continued to serve others for the remainder of his life by being involved in numerous charities and supporting his family.