On Friday, November 30th of 2018 we awoke to the news of the passing of the United States’ #41 president, George H.W. Bush. He had lived a long and noble life in and out of office. He was beloved by many, he accomplished more than a lot of people have even fathomed to dream during his lifetime as a public server, and ultimately began a legacy that continued with his son, 43rd President George W. Bush.
He was diagnosed with vascular Parkinsonism that forced him into a motorized scooter or wheelchair and today, December 3rd, 2018 he became the 12th President to be lain in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol along with Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford, among others.
The world shook with an outpour of condolences from foreign prime ministers, former presidents, chief executives, as well as people from every corner of the world who felt the world had become a better place because of his work. Without getting into a lot of his political work, we must acknowledge George H.W. Bush for his impressive background in international public service. A lot of people don’t recall that he was the youngest Navy fighter pilot in World War II, he was a former director of the CIA, ambassador to the United Nations and to China, a two-term Representative from Texas, and for eight years, he served as Vice President for the Reagan Administration. On January 20, 1989, he was sworn in as the 41st President of the United States of America, becoming one of the most qualified candidates to assume the office. He signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990 and the Clean Air Act in November that same year.
He had a lot of ambition and drive for a “better educated America”, but was met with resistance from both the Democrats and Republicans. During his time as President, he addressed public and private citizens to become involved with education reform and dreamt of America 2000, an educational reform where American students were “first in the world” in subjects such as math and science. He was an advocate of higher learning and in 2011, President Barack Obama awarded George Herbert Walker Bush with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his service to America that spanned nearly 70 years. His legacy is a fascinating one in American history.