Gorbachev Hails Late George HW Bush's Role in Ending Cold War

Erika Holt
December 3, 2018

The World War II hero, who also presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the final months of the Cold War, died late Friday night at his Houston home, said family spokesman Jim McGrath.

Bush died at age 94 yesterday, his family has announced.

From 1989 to 1993, President Bush witnessed incredible events - including the end of the Cold War - a period of tension between countries in the West like the United States, and Russian Federation. He lost the 1992 election due to voter backlash over breaking his first election's "read my lips" promise not to raise taxes, and seeming too focused on foreign policy rather than domestic affairs. But his son who bears his name, came in as the 43rd president after the era of Bill Clinton.

The Trumps say that Bush "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service".

"As president, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed".

"And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction".

James A. Baker III, secretary of state in the Bush administration, stated that "The legacy of George H.W. Bush will be forever etched in the history of America and the world. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude", Obama said on Twitter.

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He served in the US House of Representatives, as Washington's envoy to China and as chief of the Central Intelligence Agency before being elected Ronald Reagan's vice president.

Mulroney said that among the two leaders' joint accomplishments, two stand out: the signing of the Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement, known as the acid rain treaty, in 1991; and the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed in 1994 after both had left office.

Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and his father George H.W. Bush attend a function on board the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier off the coast of ME, on June 10, 2012.

Actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, tweeted: "Remembering President George H.W. Bush and the Americans With Disabilities Act".

In August 1990 he responded to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, creating a national coalition led by the United States that liberated the oil-rich yet tiny nation but stopped short of toppling the Iraqi dictator. "And when democratic revolutions bloomed across Eastern Europe, it was his steady, diplomatic hand that made possible an achievement once thought anything but - ending the Cold War without firing a shot".

Former prime minister Tony Blair said: "President Bush was an extraordinary and exemplary public servant, a man dedicated to his country, the values it stands for at its best and to making the world better, more stable and more peaceful".

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