The Radio Television Digital News Association is mourning the loss of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush.
President Bush, who was 94, died November 30 at the age of 94.
“It is with profound sadness that we note the death of a true American statesman and Chief Executive. I personally had the opportunity to meet and interview President Bush three times during my career as a working journalist and I have great respect for his decades of service to the people of the United States of America,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director.
Bush died less than eight months after his wife Barbara.
Prior to becoming president, Mr. Bush served in combat during World War II, as a Texas congressman, a director of the CIA, a chairman of the Republican National Committee, and a two-term vice-president under Ronald Reagan.
As president, Mr. Bush presided over the end of the Cold War. He also successfully prosecuted the successful conclusion of the first Gulf War.
In his post-presidency, President Bush worked closely with former President Clinton and others to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Katrina and other calamities.
“President Bush served as a beacon – one might say as a ‘thousand points of light’ – of what American service should be to the world,” Shelley said.
“Godspeed, President George H.W. Bush.”
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