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Posted: December 02, 2018

'SNL' pays tribute to George H.W. Bush, praises his ability to laugh at himself

VIDEO: The Political World Reacts to Death of George H.W. Bush

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

"Saturday Night Live" took a serious turn this week, paying tribute to the late President George H.W. Bush in the show's "Weekend Update" segment.

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"Friday night, former President George H.W. Bush passed away," cast member Michael Che said. "He was 94 years old. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends."

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"That's right. President Bush was famously a warm and gracious man who always understood the power in being able to laugh at yourself," Colin Jost added.

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The tribute continued with a series of clips of former "SNL" cast member Dana Carvey's impressions of the former president, culminating with a split-screen appearance featuring both the real and fake Bush.

"I'm watching you do your impression of me, and I gotta say, it's nothing like me," Bush joked, using the same inflections and hand gestures as Carvey used in his impersonation.

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George H.W. Bush will lie in state at United States Capitol Rotunda

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George H.W. Bush will lie in state at United States Capitol Rotunda

FILE - In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Trump returns, confronts Putin, Saudi crown prince in cold open

About a month after his arrest on assault and harassment charges in connection with a New York parking dispute, Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise his role as President Donald Trump in this week's cold open.

>> Watch the full segment here (WARNING: Profanity.)

The sketch, set at the Park Hyatt hotel amid meetings at the G-20 summit in Argentina, kicked off with a jab at first lady Melania Trump's (Cecily Strong) holiday decor.

"Donald, come to bed," Strong's Melania said to Baldwin's restless Trump.

"Melania, I'm having trouble sleeping," he replied. "I keep having this nightmare where I'm walking through a forest of blood."

"No, no, that was just my Christmas decorations," quipped Strong, making fun of the first lady's red Christmas trees.

Baldwin's Trump also took aim at the real Trump's controversial comments about nationalism, musing, "You've gotta face all of those European leaders again. They just hate me because I'm a nationalist. I mean, what did nationalism ever do to Europe?"

The fake Trump then chatted with Kate McKinnon's batlike version of Rudy Giuliani ("I was hanging upside-down under the balcony," she joked after startling Baldwin's Trump) and called a beleaguered Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), Trump’s former personal attorney.

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"Michael Cohen speaking. I'll tell you anything you want," Stiller, playing Cohen, answered the phone.

"I'm sad you're going to prison, Michael. You were like a son to me," Baldwin's Trump lamented later in the call.

"Then why'd you make me do so much illegal stuff?" Stiller responded.

"Because you were like a son to me," Baldwin said.

After hanging up, the Trump character also made a reference to Baldwin's arrest, saying, "God, I haven't been this upset since I flipped out over that parking space."

Next, a secret handshake-sharing Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Fred Armisen) flaunted their friendship in front of Baldwin's Trump, who was obviously jealous.

"I thought I was your No. 1," Baldwin-as-Trump complained to Bennett's Putin.

"Oh, totally. You're not my side piece. You're like my main girlfriend," Bennett said before he and Armisen cracked a few jokes at Trump's expense.

The sketch ended with the actors returning to the stage to perform a parody of the song "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from the musical "Evita."

"It's just a witch hunt, and we're all witches," they sang.

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Jenna Bush Hager reflects on grandfather George H.W. Bush: 'I will miss him desperately'

Jenna Bush Hager is remembering her late grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, in the form of Instagram posts.

People reported that the “Today” show correspondent said she misses her grandfather, who died Friday night, but takes comfort in the fact that he has reunited with his wife, Barbara, who died in April.

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“Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything,” she wrote in a post. “He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy he and my Grandmother are back together.”

Hager also said she was comforted by a cartoon by Marshall Ramsey, of the Clarion Ledger. It depicted Bush arriving in heaven to reunite with Barbara Bush and their daughter, Pauline Robinson Bush, known as Robin, who died in 1953 at age 3 of leukemia.

Related: George H.W. Bush: Cartoons depict touching family reunion

Hager shared in the caption of an Instagram post of the cartoon that she spoke with her grandfather about the afterlife.

“He answered without any hesitation, ‘Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be afraid of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it,’” she said. 

When she asked him why, she said the elder Bush responded, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.’”

Related: George H.W. Bush: Political world reacts to death of former president

Hager said she asked who her grandfather expects to reunite with. He said, “I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman ... I hope she’s the three-year-old.”

Bush’s body will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Dec. 3-5.

George H.W. Bush will lie in state at United States Capitol rotunda

The late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the United States Capitol rotunda, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced in a statement Saturday.

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The public will be able to pay their respects from Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST until Dec. 5 at 7 a.m. EST. There will be a bicameral arrival ceremony Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. EST.

Additional arrangements beyond the Capitol events will be announced by the Bush family, the statement said.

Related: George H.W. Bush funeral: What is a state funeral and will Bush have one?

The Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region task force announced earlier Saturday that it will oversee the state funeral for the late president.

“We, the men and women of the Department of Defense, are honored and proud to support the Bush family and will do so with the utmost respect,” Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region commanding general said in a statement. “This state funeral is a culmination of years of planning and rehearsal to ensure the support the military renders President Bush is nothing less than a first-class tribute.”

George H.W. Bush funeral plans: When will the funeral be, who will be there?

On Saturday evening, the office of former President George H.W. Bush announced the official schedule of the 41st president’s state funeral and the related services and ceremonies that are scheduled.

Services will take place in Texas, the adopted home state for Bush, and in Washington, D.C. His body will lie in state at the Capitol rotunda, and he will be interred at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Here is the schedule for the services for Bush. The entries in bold indicate funeral services:

  • Monday at 11:30 a.m. ET - Departure ceremony at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.
  • Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET - Arrival ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
  • Monday at 4:45 p.m. ET - Arrival ceremony at U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
  • Monday at 5 p.m. ET – After a brief ceremony, Bush’s body will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol from Monday at 7:30 p.m. until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. with a guard of honor in attendance.
  • Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET - Departure ceremony at U.S. Capitol.
  • Wednesday 11 a.m. ET - Arrival and funeral at Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
  • Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET - Departure ceremony at Washington National Cathedral.
  • Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. ET - Departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews. Bush's remains will depart Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, to be flown to Ellington Field.
  • Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET - Arrival ceremony at Ellington Field.
  • Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ET - Arrival ceremony at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas.
  • Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. ET - Bush's remains will lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church until Thursday at 7 a.m. with a guard of honor in attendance.
  • Thursday, 11 a.m. ET - Funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
  • Thursday at 12:15 p.m. ET - Departure ceremony at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
  • Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET - Bush's remains will depart St. Martin's Episcopal Church and be transported by motorcade to Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility. From there, Bush's remains will be transported by funeral car train to College Station, Texas.
  • Thursday at 4:45 p.m. ET - Arrival ceremony at Texas A&M University.
  • Thursday at 5:15 p.m. ET - Arrival and interment at George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, College Station, Texas. 

Every U.S. president, often within the first days or weeks of their presidency, files a plan with the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region outlining how he wants his funeral to be conducted.

Bush filed a 211-page document with the Military District of Washington outlining what he wanted in regard to his funeral services. In that plan, he requested:

  • An aerial flyover of fighter jets in missing man formation by the United States Air Force. 
  • To be interred at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
  • Not to have the presidential fanfare, "Hail to the Chief," performed during final interment and burial.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be attending the services, to be held in the National Cathedral in Washington.

“The President and First Lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush’s passing. President Trump is scheduled to speak with President George W. Bush this morning and offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the First Lady, and the entire country,” a statement from the White House read. “A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honors. The President will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.”

Trump will also send Air Force One to Texas to transport formerBush’s casket to Washington.

Trump drew the ire of the Bush family when he disparaged former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during the 2016 presidential campaign. Jeb Bush was running against Trump for the Republican nomination for president.

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On Saturday, Trump remembered Bush in a tweet as a man of "sound judgment, common sense and unflappable leadership."

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A statement from the former president's office announced his death: 

"George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as is practical."

 >> George H.W. Bush: In his own words

Bush is receiving a state funeral organized and executed by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region. 

The JTF-NCR issued this statement on Bush’s funeral:

“As a joint organization, the task force is comprised of nearly 4,000 military and civilian personnel from all branches of the United States Armed Forces, to include Reserve and National Guard components, and is responsible for ceremonial and civil affairs support.  "We, the men and women of the Department of Defense, are honored and proud to support the Bush family and will do so with the utmost respect," said Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region commanding general. "This state funeral is a culmination of years of planning and rehearsal to ensure the support the military renders President Bush is nothing less than a first-class tribute. “The JTF-NCR has provided personnel, ceremonial units and military support to state funerals for former Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan and Ford. Military ceremonial involvement consists of musical units, family escorts, color guards, salute batteries, honor cordons and body bearers.”

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'I am rooting hard for you:' read George H.W. Bush's 1993 letter to Bill Clinton

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'I am rooting hard for you:' read George H.W. Bush's 1993 letter to Bill Clinton

A letter written by former President George H.W. Bush to then-incoming President Bill Clinton is making the rounds after Bush’s death.

Written in 1993, the letter is part of the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes to incoming ones.

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BuzzFeed News reported that the letter was first circulated in September 2017, but then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shared the letter as it went viral in June 2016.

The letter can be read in full below:

“Dear Bill, When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that too. “I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described. “There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course. “You will be our president when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. “Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you. “Good luck --  George”

George H.W. Bush funeral: What is a state funeral and will Bush have one?

Update, 2:30 p.m.:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have announced that the late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda.  

A bicameral arrival ceremony will be held for President Bush on Monday at 5 p.m. ET. The public is invited to pay their respects from Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET until Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET.

Original story:

Hours after the death of former president George H.W. Bush, the specific details of his funeral are still being finalized. 

The one thing that is known is that Bush’s funeral will be a “state funeral.” 

What is a state funeral and how does it work? 

Here, from the Joint Task Force National Capital Region, is an overview of a state funeral:

1. What is a state funeral?

A state funeral is a category used by the Department of Defense to describe the type of funeral conducted to honor a president, a former president, a president-elect, or any other person specifically designated by the president.  

2. What does a state funeral consist of?

State funeral ceremonies normally happen in three stages:

Stage I includes ceremonies within the state in which the president, former president, or president-elect lived. For Bush, that is Texas. 

These arrangements generally consist of an arrival ceremony at a church or presidential library where the president’s body will lie in repose, as well as a  departure ceremony from the church or library and a departure ceremony from a military or civilian airfield on the way to Washington, D.C. 

Stage II includes several ceremonial elements within the Washington, D.C., region. They generally include an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base; an arrival ceremony, repose and departure ceremony at Bethlehem Chapel; the main funeral procession on Constitution Avenue with representation from each of the military services and a U.S. Air Force 21-ship flyover; an arrival ceremony, service, lying in state and a departure ceremony at the U.S. Capitol; an arrival ceremony, funeral service and departure ceremony at Washington National Cathedral, and a departure ceremony from Andrews Air Force Base. 

Stage III may include an arrival ceremony at a military or civilian airfield, church service, repose and interment.  

3. What federal law or executive order authorizes state funerals for U.S. presidents?

A presidential proclamation directs the Department of Defense to conduct a state funeral on the nation’s behalf. Authorized personnel include the president, a former president, the president-elect or any other person specifically designated by the president of the United States. 

4. Who was the first president to receive a state funeral?

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to receive a funeral that was considered a “national funeral” with services taking place in Washington D.C. and other cities. He was buried in Illinois.

5. When was the last state funeral?

The last state funeral was held for President Gerald R. Ford in January 2007. Within the last 50 years, there have been seven state funerals for former presidents of the United States. In addition, President Reagan directed a state funeral for the Vietnam Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day, May 28, 1984.  

6. When is the National Day of Mourning generally held?

The day of the national funeral service in Washington, D.C., is generally observed as the National Day of Mourning. Trump has announced that Wednesday will be the official National Day of Mourning for former President Bush.

7. Are first ladies eligible for a state funeral?

No first lady has ever been authorized for a state funeral.

This information is from the Joint Task Force National Capital Region and has been edited.

 

George H.W. Bush: Late president was passionate sports fan

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George H.W. Bush: Late president was passionate sports fan

George H.W. Bush was more than a politician and diplomat. The 41st president of the United States, who died Friday night at 94, was an avid sports fan, with baseball his burning passion.

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Not only did Bush root hard for the Houston Astros, he also played the game. As a lanky. Left-handed first baseman at Yale, Bush led the Bulldogs to the first two College World Series in 1947 and 1948, ESPN reported. Yale was runner-up both times, losing to California in ’47 and the University of Southern California in ’48. Bush was the Bulldogs’ captain his senior season at Yale.

Bush kept his old Yale baseball glove in an Oval Office desk drawer during his presidency, ESPN reported. in the White House. 

Bush also captained his high school baseball team, KHOU reported.

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Bush was a regular visitor to Houston Astros games at Minute Maid Park, and got to see his adopted hometown team stage a memorable World Series victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I was honored to know President George H.W. Bush," Astros president for business operations Reid Ryan said, the Houston Chronicle reported. “is love for our country and all things American made a lasting impression on me.

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"He treated people with respect and always put family first. These are life lessons we should all emulate."

George and Barbara Bush had two seats behind home plate at Minute Maid Park and were always accommodating to fans, former Astros owner Drayton McLane told KHOU.

“They love the players, they love the fans. I have never, ever, seen a fan come down and ask the President or Mrs. Bush for an autograph that they wouldn’t do it,” McLane told the television station.

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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander tweeted a tribute to Bush late Friday night.

Bush delivered a ceremonial first pitch for the Astros before Game 3 of the 2015 American League Championship Series between the Astros and Royals, the Chronicle reported. He also joined his son, former president George W. Bush, for the first pitch before Game 5 of the 2017 WOrld Series, the newspaper reported.

Bush made appearances in other sports. 

He handled the coin flip at Super Bowl LI at Houston’s NRG Stadium in February 2017. New England called heads, but Bush’s coin toss came up tails (the Atlanta Falcons deferred), giving the Patriots the ball first.

The former president was also an avid golfer and was a regular visitor to the golf course near his vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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The Walker Cup trophy was donated by his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, who was president of the United States Golf Association in 1920. Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, was an eight-time club champion at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, according to the World Golf Hall of Fame website. Prescott Bush also was president of the USGA in 1935.

The former president also was chairman of the First Tee Program for youth golfers and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 as he was named in the Lifetime Achievement category.

That cemented his role as an American sportsman.

George H.W. Bush: Cartoons depict touching family reunion

The cartooning genius of Marshall Ramsey once again tugged at the nation’s heartstrings early Saturday. 

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Ramsey, whose political cartoons are published in the Clarion Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi, drew a poignant illustration of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at age 94.

>> George H.W. Bush: 41st president dead at 94

In his cartoon, Ramsey depicts Bush in the clouds after flying his TBM Avenger, which was the aircraft he flew while serving in the Navy during World War II. Bush is shown reunited with his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter, Pauline Robinson Bush -- known as Robin -- who died in October 1953 as a 3-year-old from leukemia.“We waited for you,” Barbara Bush tells her husband.

In April, Ramsey drew a heartwarming cartoon of Barbara Bush being reunited in heaven with Robin.

>> Family shares cartoon of Barbara Bush, late daughter

“Not every cartoon I drew about President Bush was flattering,” Ramsey tweeted. “But the last one is. My prayers are with his friends and family tonight. And the nation. He lived a fascinating life of service.”

>> George H.W. Bush: In his own words

Ramsey also tweeted a photo of himself in the cockpit of a TBM Avenger.

Ramsey was not the only cartoonist with a heavenly touch.

Gary Varvel of the Indianapolis Star drew a cartoon showing George H.W. Bush holding Robin while putting his arm around Barbara in an illustration titled “The Bush Reunion.”

George H.W. Bush: In his own words

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George H.W. Bush: In his own words

He told us to read his lips and he envisioned a thousand points of light. 

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He hated broccoli and had fun at his own expense. 

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, left a legacy of colorful quotes that his followers loved and his critics pounced upon. 

Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards once said that Bush was born with “a silver foot in his mouth.” Nevertheless, Bush’s words have been etched in the American psyche.

His most famous phrase was a simple, six-word phrase: “Read my lips: No new taxes.” Bush said that during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 18, 1988.

In his 1989 inaugural address, Bush invoked his hopeful image of the United States and the world.

“We are a nation of communities … a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky,” he said.

It was a phrase he would come back to several times during his presidency, and would be used to satirical effect by comedian Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live.”

Bush mocked himself during the 2000 presidential campaign while attending a nonpartisan event as his son, George W. Bush, sought the presidency.

“Though I might be tempted to utter a few words of encouragement to anyone who is considering my boy, I will heed the immortal words of Dana Carvey: ‘Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent.’”

Bush endeared himself to children but not to farmers when he commented about broccoli on March 22, 1990.

“I do not like broccoli,” he said. “And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m president of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” Bush’s statement was said in jest, but it angered broccoli farmers in California, Newsweek reported. The farmers sent truckloads of broccoli to the president, who donated it to local food shelters.

Bush lost the 1992 presidential election to Bill Clinton, but he grew to enjoy his interactions with his Democratic rival, particularly after both had left the White House.

“Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton, of all people?” Bush said Oct. 25, 2005, as he discussed his work with his ex-rival on hurricane and tsunami relief. “It’s been an eye-opening and enjoyable experience for me to work with him on something truly apolitical.”

When he turned 85, Bush decided to parachute out of an airplane. Asked about the wisdom of such a daring leap by a senior citizen, Bush had a ready answer.

“Old guys can still do fun things,” he said.

Bush could joust with the media, although there was not the tension that currently marks the White House corps relationship with Donald Trump.

“It’s a very good question, very direct, and I’m not going to answer it,” he once said.

“I am not one who -- who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around,” Bush once said.

But the ones he threw around were memorable.

Information from wire services were used in compiling this report.

George H.W. Bush: Political world reacts to death of former president

Tributes poured in from the political world as news spread early Saturday of the death of former president George H.W. Bush.

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Past presidents, state leaders and others offered condolences and remembered the life of the the 41st president of the United States, who died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.

Statements on Bush’s death are below:

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

“The President and First Lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush’s passing. President Trump is scheduled to speak with President George W. Bush this morning and offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the First Lady, and the entire country. A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honors. The President will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.”

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Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love, and friendship.

“I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed. From the moment I met him as a young governor invited to his home in Kennebunkport, I was struck by the kindness he showed to Chelsea, by his innate and genuine decency, and by his devotion to Barbara, his children, and their growing brood.

“Few Americans have been—or will ever be—able to match President Bush’s record of service to the United States and the joy he took every day from it; from his military service in World War II, to his work in Congress, the United Nations, China, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Vice Presidency and the Presidency, where he worked to move the post Cold War world toward greater unity, peace, and freedom. 

“He never stopped serving. I saw it up close, working with him on tsunami relief in Asia and here at home after Hurricane Katrina. His remarkable leadership and great heart were always on full display. 

“I am profoundly grateful for every minute I spent with President Bush and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. 

“Our hearts and prayers are with George, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, their families, and the entire Bush clan.”

Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter 

“Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the death of former President George H.W. Bush. His administration was marked by grace, civility, and social conscience. Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community volunteerism as a cherished responsibility. We again extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bush family.”

Related: Photos: George H.W. Bush through the years

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, grandson

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

“Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss.”

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Former Alaska Gov.  Sarah Palin

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

James A. Baker III, secretary of state in the Bush administration

“The legacy of George H.W. Bush will be forever etched in the history of America and the world. It is a lifelong record of selfless patriotic service to our nation.”

Sen. Mark Warner (R-VA)

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

“President George Herbert Walker Bush was the epitome of a public servant. He loved America with all of his heart and served her as fully and completely as anyone ever has.

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work for him, to learn from him and to experience his deep and abiding commitment to his fellow citizens. He was a mentor to me and a dear friend.

“President Bush's legacy is deep and broad: the many people that he touched, the difference that he made in the life of the country and the impact that he had beyond America's shores. We will never forget his steady and inspired leadership in guiding the world to the peaceful end of the Cold War.

“Now he is in God's loving embrace with Mrs. Barbara Bush, his beloved wife of so many years. He has finished his race with honor and dignity. All who knew him and loved him -- especially his remarkable family -- will miss him. Yet, he lives on with us in spirit. Rest well, Mr. President.”

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump

Russian leader Vladimir Putin

“A distinguished man has passed away. One who served his country for his entire life, with a weapon in his hands during wartime and in high office during peacetime.”

Former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev

“It was a time of great change, demanding great responsibility from everyone. The result was the end of the Cold War and nuclear arms race. (My wife, Raisa, and I) deeply appreciated the attention, kindness and simplicity typical of George and Barbara Bush, as well as the rest of their large, friendly family.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

“He will be long remembered in the hearts of our people for his dedication to world peace and safety while leading the efforts that brought an end to the Cold War and reconciliation between the East and West, and also for his strong efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and develop the alliance between South Korea and the United States.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

“The German people had in him a true friend who recognized the significance of this historic hour and gave us his trust and support.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

George H. W. Bush: 41st president dead at 94

Former President George H. W. Bush has died at the age of 94.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

>> Photos: George H. W. Bush through the years

The nation’s 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son, George W. Bush, became the 43rd president.

The elder Bush had a form of Parkinson's disease and used a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around. 

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The second of five children, George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott and Dorothy Bush.

He was the youngest naval aviator when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943, spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

He flew 58 combat missions during World War II, including one that required he be rescued by a submarine after his plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.

For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

It was while Bush was in the military that he first met Barbara Pierce, then a student at Smith College. The couple were married Jan. 6, 1945, making theirs the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history.

The couple had six children: George W., Robin, John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Robin died as a child. George W. Bush was governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000 and served two terms as president from 2001 to 2009. Jeb Bush, who was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, ran for the Republican nomination in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, but lost his bid to Donald Trump, who would defeat Hillary Clinton in November 2016.

After graduating from Yale University in 1948, Bush moved to Texas and became a successful oilman before running for Congress.

Following in the footsteps of his father, U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush (R-Connecticut), Bush launched a career in politics in 1963. He served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

Bush ran in November 1966 for Congress and won. After his second term and a failed bid to win a U.S. Senate seat, President Richard Nixon appointed Bush to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, later, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

President Gerald Ford appointed Bush as an "envoy" to China — the two nations did not yet have full diplomatic relations, so Bush could not be called an ambassador — and then director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1989, he became the first sitting vice president to secure the presidency since Martin Van Buren in 1837.

Only one other U.S. president, John Adams, had a son who also became president. John Quincy Adams was the nation’s sixth president.

Information from The Associated Press and the Houston Chronicle was used in this report.

 
 
 

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