President Bush poses with soldiers during a stop at an air base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 22, 1990. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush has died. He passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

The passing of the 41st American president, a World War II naval pilot and Texas oil tycoon, was announced in a statement by his office.

Bush served two terms as vice president under President Reagan and seved one term as president from 1989 to 1993. He also served as the CIA director in the 70s.

He had been hospitalized for low blood pressure and fatigue in May, a week after arriving in Maine to spend the summer.

NPR described him as the patriarch of a political dynasty that included one son who served as president, another as a governor and a grandson who currently holds statewide office in Texas.

The New York Times recalled that Mr. Bush entered the White House with one of the most impressive résumés of any president.

“He had been a two-term congressman from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, United States envoy to China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and vice president, under Ronald Reagan.

“And he achieved what no one had since Martin Van Buren in 1836: winning election to the presidency while serving as vice president. (Van Buren did so in the footsteps of Andrew Jackson.)”

Yet, in spite of all of that and his successes abroad during the end of cold war, voters at home denied him a second term, seeing him as detached from domestic issues. 

Simon Ateba

Simon is a renowned international journalist, founder and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

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