Gorbachev lauds George H.W. Bush for abilities, character

Reactions to Death of George H.W. Bush Note Legacy of Service

The former US President died on Friday at the age of 94, a family spokesman said.

Gorbachev, 87, expressed his "deep condolences" to the family of the 41st USA president and the entire American nation.

The drawing memorializing President Bush depicts him arriving to heaven in a TBM Avenger war plane, which he flew during World War II.

Though more moderate than his son, President George W. Bush, the elder Bush had a mixed record on LGBTQ rights. Then he was appointed to a series of high-level positions: Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the US Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered his thoughts on Bush's legacy, saying the former US president's commitment to his country was clear.

Trump and Melania, in a joint statement, praised Bush for his "sound judgment, common sense and unflappable leadership", adding he inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service.

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In a TV interview while president, Bush said if he found out one of his grandchildren was gay, he would "love his child" but tell them homosexuality wasn't normal.

FILE - Former President Bill Clinton laughs as he and former President George H.W. Bush answer questions about their tour of the Asian tsunami region, March 8, 2005, in the White House. Vowing to free Kuwait, Bush rallied the United Nations, the U. [My wife, Raisa, and I] "deeply appreciated the attention, kindness and simplicity typical of George and Barbara Bush, as well as the rest of their large, friendly family".

KUNA said Sheikh Sabah noted Bush's efforts to "create a new worldwide order based on justice and equality among nations".

"You can not be president of the United States if you don't have faith. Our sympathy to his family and beloved ones", he posted Saturday morning.

"Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship", Clinton wrote. In 1991, his approval rating was 89 percent, which was only surpassed by George W. Bush with a 90 percent approval rating shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Bush next turned his energies toward completing his education and raising a family.

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