Former President George H. W. Bush, who was born on June 12, 1924, has passed away. He died on November 30, 2018.
Bush was the 41st president of the United States, leading the country from 1989 to 1993.
At one point during his presidency, he reached a record-high approval rating of 89 percent. In this day and age, that seems impossible to achieve.
Before becoming president, Bush served our country in numerous other ways. He joined the U.S. Navy to help serve our country in World War II soon after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He graduated from the Phillips Academy, and at the young age of 18 became a naval aviator. He was the last veteran of World War II to serve as president.
From 1964 to 1980, Bush worked in various political posts within our government. This included serving as the vice president alongside Ronald Reagan, before finally running for the presidency himself.
In his inauguration speech, Bush spoke of one of his most well-remembered campaigns, the Thousand Points of Light. The campaign focused on the power of citizens to solve community problems by spotlighting individuals and organizations helping others. He compared these to little dots of light shining across our nation.
Bush is survived by his sons, George W., Jeb, Neil, and Marvin, and his daughter Dorothy, as well as 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His wife, Barbara Bush, died on April 17, 2018, and his daughter, Robin, died as a child. He will be buried alongside them.
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