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George H.W. Bush, 41st U.S. President, Dead at 94

George H.W. Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993, has died at the age of 94.

His death was announced late Friday evening by Jim McGrath, the former president's current spokesman. He also provided a statement from George W. Bush, Bush's son and the 43rd president:

The Washington Post lays out some highlights of Bush's one term:

George H.W. Bush and Barbara BushEd Bailey/ZUMA Press/NewscomOver the course of a single term that began on Jan. 20, 1989, Mr. Bush found himself at the helm of the world's only remaining superpower. The Berlin Wall fell; the Soviet Union ceased to exist; the communist bloc in Eastern Europe broke up; the Cold War ended. …

Mr. Bush's presidency was not all plowshares. He ordered an attack on Panama in 1989 to overthrow strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega. After Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990, Mr. Bush put together a 30-nation coalition — backed by a U.N. mandate and including the Soviet Union and several Arab countries — that routed the Iraqi forces with unexpected ease in a ground war that lasted only 100 hours.

However, Mr. Bush decided to leave Hussein in power, setting up the worst and most fateful decision of his son's presidency a dozen years later.

Read more here. There will no doubt be additional weighing in about the elder Bush's presidential career, both the ups and the downs.

Previous Reason coverage of the elder Bush here. Bush's official site here will be updated with funeral information as it's available.

Photo Credit: Ed Bailey/ZUMA Press/Newscom

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  • SIV||

  • gaoxiaen||

    Coke dealer, spy, liar, scumbag, destroyer of Constitutional rights and hypocritical tyrant. I'll see you in hell, GHWB!

  • gaoxiaen||

    Same to your asshole son, though his paintings are not bad.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I would buy one if "W" would lop off his own ear.

  • Nerþuz||

    Here's to hoping someone shoots you in the head so you can join them, you worthless cunt.

  • CE||

    Rest in peace.
    Could have served 2 terms if he had stuck to his pledge on no new taxes.

  • Jerryskids||

    Whatever you might think of his politics and his policies, at least he's a Good Republican now. Let the rehabilitation of his legacy begin.

  • Eddy||

    He became a Good Republican once his son's term began, at least to go by the media coverage.

    Here's my attempt at a cheesy one-liner: His self-presentation made him seem worse than he really was, in contrast to certain successors (i. e. all) who presented themselves as more impressive than they actually were.

  • Cy||

    LoL, Right?

    He and McCain can take turn shove pineapples up each other's asses in hell.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    #MeToo just got a message from their homebase that Hitler slapped G.H. Bush on his ass.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Read my lips, and ignore the audio.

  • JFree||

    All Presidents now serve two terms if they don't lose the support of their own party.

  • AJ_Liberty||

    "his pledge on no new taxes"

    Yeah and piling on more debt and interest payments is so much more noble. I think we see that no one is at all serious about cutting spending. The majority doesn't want Social Security modified, Medicare shaved, or Medicaid dropped....we cut military after the Cold War then it went right back up with the War on Terror....and no one is entertaining any new real cuts....so we are left arguing about crumbs

  • Tony||

    Trump and Melania's statement was written by a literate person, so not by either of them.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Tony clearly still butthurt by many things, including that Trump is still a better president than G.H. Bush ever was.

  • LiborCon||

    I voted for him while stationed in Germany, then I drank a lot of beer. Thanks to his war on Saddam, I was Stop-Lossed for 4 months and 24 days. I spent that time keeping our motor pool safe from Iraqi terrorists with an empty rifle and a Mag-Lite.

    I'm not complaining though; I got another 4 months and 24 days of eating German sausages and drinking German bier. And having Uncle Sam being responsible for my sorry ass.

  • Robert||

    How much danger was the motor pool in from terrorists armed w empty rifles & Mag-Lites?

  • IceTrey||

    One less Illuminati.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Yay! I'll have a few drinks in his honor. Just kidding. In celebration!

  • gaoxiaen||

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Matthew Chalice||

    A war criminal who begat another war criminal. Good riddance. (Sadly, lots of libertarians ignore how dumb the Persian Gulf War was.)

    Can't wait for the Speak No Ill of the Dead Doctrine to be invoked and enforced.

  • gaoxiaen||

    He died 35 years too late. Still, would do his granddaughters.

  • Shirley Knott||

    94 years too late.
    A worthless life, lived as a monster and parasite.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Interestingly, I was just wondering yesterday if he was still alive. I'll go ahead and give him a RIP.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Next supercarrier.

  • Shirley Knott||

    I hope he suffered.
    I'm glad he's dead.

  • Liberty Lover||

    Only the good die young, and this guy was old.

  • Robert||

    He never fully recovered from grappling w that local oaf.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Check out how the media loves G.H. Bush now.

    Its fucking disgusting.

    The Lefty propagandists wish that Obama had only served one term, so maybe the far superior D. Trump didnt win in 2016.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Desert Storm made CNN.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Trump will provide formal statement for the death of G.H. Bush and Carter (when he croaks in the next 6 years)...

    AND

    Trump will get to replace RBG (breaks her hip for the last time), Thomas (retirement), and possibly Breyer.

  • yet another dave||

    41 down 4 to go amiright lol

    *just kidding FBI! Don't shoot me*

  • Conchfritters||

    Still wouldn't say where he was on 11/22/63. He was in Dallas, but never admitted what he was doing there.

  • Conchfritters||

    He was the only person at the airport to greet LBJ when he left office and flew back to Texas. That guy is dirtier than a Thai hooker.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Trading JFK for LBJ. That's like Bundy for Gacy, what's the point?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    "...what's the point?"

    More work for the gravediggers union? Cool movies like Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    The whole POW/MIA product line?

  • El Oso||

    another one hit's the dust...

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Any time you find yourself wondering how in the world it's possible that Donald Trump could have become president, always remember that a lot of it had to do with this guy and his worthless, sorry-ass family.

    You and your fucking "New World Order" can both go to hell, Poppy.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Endless war in the middle east and midwifery of al qaeda?

  • Ordinary Person||

    Man I hope I make it to at least 94.

  • AlmightyJB||

    As long as I can still masterbate or have someone to help.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    It's sad to see the passing of one of the last remaining decent Republicans. You know, the patriotic GOP of decades past that actually fought against hostile foreign powers like Russia. Not like this modern traitorous version of the party which allowed Putin to set up a puppet government in Washington DC.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Playing on a loop until he's in the ground.

    https://youtu.be/57nO1I47_2Y

  • Ken Shultz||

    When I was old enough to vote, I registered libertarian because Bush Sr. broke his no new taxes pledge. I had no idea the alternative was what came afterward. I thought the alternative was getting rid of the income tax altogether.

    Bush Sr. was long derided for failing to depose Saddam Hussein when he had the chance in 1991. Strategically, that mostly had to do with Iraq serving as a bulwark against Iranian hegemony in the region and in terms of interests, deposing Saddam Hussein failed the Weinberger/Powell doctrine. Bush Sr. was concerned we'd get bogged down in a quagmire with endless costs and little if any benefit.

    Bush Sr. was right. All the reasons for not deposing Saddam Hussein in 1991 were still legitimate in 2003.

    Bush Senior's adventure in Panama was awful in some ways and wonderful in others. It was unconstitutional and wrong, but it demonstrated one excellent thing about Weinberger/Powell doctrine: that if you have a legitimate exit plan and get out quickly, the chances of a quagmire diminish dramatically. You can screw up really badly so long as you either a) don't put troops on the ground or b) GTFO almost immediately.

  • Ken Shultz||

    The Bush Jr. neocon doctrine, where you burn all the bridges behind you and don't leave until democracy and liberty spring up ex nihilo like a rainbow in the dark because everybody wants democracy, that's why they call it "democracy"? People who still believe that are some of the dumbest people on earth.

    I was mad as hell at Bush Sr., but if we ever have a president as good as he was again, we'll be lucky. He was certainly head and shoulders above every president that's followed him so far.

  • bevis the lumberjack||

    Holy shit the vitriol is waist deep in here today. No president is ever going to be perfect because they're human beings and all, but Bush as a president was head and shoulders better than any of the four that have followed him.

    Note that a lot of the nasty here is coming from hard-core Trumpers. To assert that Trump is better than Bush at anything (other than self-promotion) is a sure sign of retardation. Get help.

  • Shirley Knott||

    We do not sing praise for Genghis Khan because he wasn't as bad as Hitler.
    Being 'less bad' is not enough. Bush, his scabrous mate, and their vile spawn have all earned this vitriol and more.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Don't see it.

    I think people are transferring their rage at the son because of the father.

    He did more to expand trade, wind down the Cold War, and avoid entangling international disasters than anyone who came after him. I was angry at him for violating his no new taxes pledge, but in what's become a neverending clown car after he left, Bush Sr. wasn't a clown at all. If we ever have a president as awful as Bush Sr. was, we'll be lucky.

    The jury is still out on Trump. I'm waiting to see what he does with China. The end of that story hasn't been written yet.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "I think people are transferring their rage at the son because of the father."

    I got that backward.

    People are transferring their rage to the father because of the son.

    No matter how you slice it, Bush Jr. was a shithead--especially if you judge him by how well he defended the Constitution. In addition to being a fool, Bush Jr. was also a traitor to the Constitution.

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