Vegas businessman, former adviser shares memories of George HW Bush

Former US president George HW Bush, who guided America through the end of the Cold War and launched the global campaign to drive Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait, died Friday at his home in Houston. Bush's entire life was dedicated to serving his country.

Bush was a Navy pilot shot out of the sky, a genuine hero of World War II, and yet his seemingly obeisant personality led him to once be mocked in a prominent comic strip for "placing his manhood in a blind trust".

Putin praised George H.W. Bush for pursuing constructive dialogue between the two nuclear powers and credited him with doing much for strengthening U.S. With the election of George W. Bush in 2000, the senior Bush joined John Adams as both President and Presidential Father. Norah O'Donnell reports. On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the armed forces. They had six children.

He returned home and graduated from Yale University, eventually launching a brief career in the oil industry in Texas.

He served as Ronald Reagan's vice president for eight years, before entering the White House in 1989, pledging to make the USA a "kinder, gentler" nation.

Former president Barack Obama mourned Bush's passing in similar terms.

Bush will be remembered for his achievements in USA military and diplomacy to help America become the world's leading superpower at a time when communism was collapsing in the Soviet Union, after the Cold War with Russian Federation that lasted more than half a century.

Mulroney said Bush asked him three years ago if he would speak at his funeral, and he said he'd be "honoured" to do it. The burial site is in a gated plot near a creek where the couple's daughter Robin, who was 3-year-old when she died of leukemia in 1953, Houston's KTRK-TV reported. He went on to easily defeat Democrat Michael Dukakis that November. The Soviet Union ceased to exist; and reformist President Mikhail Gorbachev, whom Bush had supported, resigned. In 2011, Obama awarded Bush the highest USA civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

Bill Clinton, who beat Bush in the 1992 presidential race, after successfully portraying his rival as out of touch with the concerns of everyday Americans, recalled their close post-presidential friendship. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Despite unprecedented popularity from this military and diplomatic triumph, Bush was unable to withstand discontent at home from a faltering economy, rising violence in inner cities, and continued high deficit spending.

Vanessa Coleman