AHEPA statement on the passing of George H.W. Bush

Former Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis attends the HBO Documentary Films premiere of''Addiction' at the Hammer Museum

US President George H.W. Bush is seen at the White House after he addressed US troops defending Saudi Arabia August 29, 1990.

The 41st president of the United States died at 10:10 p.m. local time on Friday at his home in Houston, just eight months after his wife. 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.

Prominent figures and fellow former presidents gave their statements on the passing of H.W. Bush, including Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton. "Heartfelt condolences to the Bush family and to all Americans".

But Bush didn't like to brag, according to Chris Buckley, who was a speechwriter for Bush.

The stock exchange will observe a moment of silence on Monday "and plans to be closed on December 5, the national day of mourning designated by President Trump", Nasdaq spokesman Will Briganti said.

Michael Dukakis waves to the audience during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta
Michael Dukakis waves to the audience during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta

Trump's words of admiration for George H.W. Bush cap more than three years of hostility between the current president and the Bush family.

Bush Sr was America's 41st president holding office between 1989 and 1993, and is credited with helping to end the Cold War. 'Thousand points of light?' I never got that one. "And, I would argue, set the best example for how to conduct yourself in the post-presidency". Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, tweeted: "This is so uncalled for". Would be the same old thing (remember "read my lips, no more taxes").

They wrote that those whom Bush had inspired to public service were "illuminating the greatness, hope and opportunity of America to the world".

President Trump, in typically Trumpian fashion, shared both a formal prepared statement and an off-the-cuff tweet on the subject, lauding Bush's "long, successful and attractive life" (?) in the latter.



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