The 41st President of the United States passed away late November 30th at the age of 94. When his wife Barbara died in April of this year, many did not think he would make it much longer. H.W Bush was the first President to live to the ago of 94. His memory will be kept alive forever by his five children and many family members.
Bush had a long career in politics that began in 1966 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. He then served as Ronald Reagan’s Vice President for two years before running as President in 1988 and winning against democrat candidate Michael Dukakis. During his presidency his greatest success was the coalition that drove Hussein out of Kuwait after less than a month of combat and minimal loss of American lives. His accomplishments domestically were no small feat as well. Bush Senior signed the ‘Americans with Disabilities Act’ in 1990 that banned discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on ability.
While there were some triumphs during his term, there were also many disappointments. Bush Senior was blamed with the economic recession that went down on his watch. During his campaign, he ran on the pledge: “Read my lips, no new taxes” which he had to go back on in 1990 when he raised several existing taxes in an effort to fix what he broke, which alienated many of his right wing supporters. While Bush Senior was fiercely loyal to Reagan during their time together, many thought this tax raise betrayed the “Reagan Revolution”.
Sadly, Bush Senior’s Presidency will be remembered by his failure to help domestically, no matter what his accomplishments were over seas.