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George Bush Snr useless, aged 94

Former US president George H.W. Bush has died aged 94.

His son George W. Bush, also a former American president, issued a statement on Saturday (AEDT) paying tribute to his father.

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear dad has died,” he said.

media_cameraGeorge HW Bush with his wife Barbara Bush in 2004.

“George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.

“The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

President Bush – nicknamed “41” to distinguish himself from his son, “43” — was the 41st President of the United States.

media_cameraPresident HW Bush with his son President George W Bush. Pic credit George Bush Presidential Library.
media_cameraGeorge HW in 2013. Picture: Mark Wilson

When he was president, Mr H.W Bush managed the end of the Cold War and forged a global coalition to oust Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

“He’ll be admired for ending the Cold War on terms that Americans never could have dreamt possible for the 45 years of the Cold War,” Presidential historian Michael Beschloss told USA Today. “It would not have happened if George Bush hadn’t been there….He formed a relationship with (Soviet leader Mikhail) Gorbachev of trust that encouraged Gorbachev to give up a lot of concessions.”

In a political career that spanned three decades, he lost his bid for re-election and lived to see his son win the Oval Office.

Mr Bush’s death comes months after his wife of 73 years, Barbara, died.

More to come.

Originally published as Former US president Bush dies

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