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George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

The last veteran of World War II to serve as president, he was a consummate public servant and a statesman who helped guide the nation and the world out of a four-decade Cold War that had carried the threat of nuclear annihilation.

His death, at 94 on Nov. 30 also marked the passing of an era.
Although Mr. Bush served as president three decades ago, his values and ethic seem centuries removed from today’s acrid political culture. His currency of personal connection was the handwritten letter — not the social media blast.


He had a competitive nature and considerable ambition that were not easy to discern under the sheen of his New England politesse and his earnest generosity. He was capable of running hard-edge political campaigns, and took the nation to war. But his principal achievements were produced at negotiating tables.

“When the word moderation becomes a dirty word, we have some soul searching to do,” he wrote a friend in 1964, after losing his first bid for elective office.

Despite his grace, Mr. Bush was an easy subject for caricature. He was an honors graduate of Yale University who was often at a loss for words in public, especially when it came to talking about himself. Though he was tested in combat when he was barely out of adolescence, he was branded “a wimp” by those who doubted whether he had essential convictions.(WP)

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  • Vimal Saturday, 01 December 2018 11:56 AM

    Just only one year ago,two girls reported that he had sexually touched them,each of them on a different occasion, while they were standing next to him in his wheelchair. This story was headline news for one week then it was suppressed by the American establishment.

    RR Saturday, 01 December 2018 12:01 PM

    The terrorist who killed so many innocent people

    RR Saturday, 01 December 2018 12:02 PM

    The terrorist who killed so many people

    S.P.Ramkumar Saturday, 01 December 2018 12:05 PM

    He allowed family politics in USA because his son came as president of USA. Also he started war against dictatorship politics in Middleeast. He came to Sri Lanka post sunami rehabilitation time. We pray for his soul rest in peace.

    Shan Saturday, 01 December 2018 12:22 PM

    Presidents come and go and they die, but the countries should go forward with life. RIP Prez JB Snr.

    Be Fair Saturday, 01 December 2018 12:27 PM

    And for that today our leaders don't have much as a Legacy to leave behind

    ANTON Saturday, 01 December 2018 12:52 PM

    MAY YOU REST IN PEACE SIR ........ WE ARE NOT THAT FORTUNATE TO HAVE A LEADER LIKE YOU.......... AND YOUR SON " THE COW BOY"

    Murderers Saturday, 01 December 2018 05:56 PM

    " NOT THAT FORTUNATE TO HAVE A LEADER LIKE YOU " - Why not - we had are share of white vans

    WMD Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:03 PM

    When in power almost all forget that one day they will have to meet their "maker" and answerable to all their deeds ( good/bad /and ugly)

    sandy123 Saturday, 01 December 2018 05:58 PM

    Excellent comment.

    Machan Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:13 PM

    May his soul rest in peace.

    RIP ? - my foot Saturday, 01 December 2018 05:58 PM

    Rather an impossibility

    sHeHaN Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:16 PM

    Hope you are reborn as a Iraqi in a Iraqi refugee camp so you can experience the plight and sufferings you and your son caused to humanity.

    Godakanda Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:20 PM

    Hope he burns and suffercate in higest place in hell for acrocities he has done in the name of Jesus

    sandy123 Saturday, 01 December 2018 07:58 PM

    I sent 2 comments without insulting anyone (reply to WMD with agreeing his comment) but nothing published. why?


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