Celebrities pay tribute to George H.W. Bush after former president's death

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A year later, Bush "became an officer of the United States Naval Reserve and earned his wings as a naval aviator", the Post reported.

Bush first met with church leaders in 1982 while vice president.

Michael Dukakis waves to the audience during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta on July 21, 1988.

But Bush didn't like to brag, according to Chris Buckley, who was a speechwriter for Bush. "We will not forget his importance also for our own freedom during the turbulent times of the fall of the Soviet Union". His rhetorical calling card as president was the concept of a "thousand points of light", meant to symbolize the power of individual citizens to better their communities through volunteer service.

Trump also did not attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. He ran against one of Bush's sons, Jeb Bush, in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, and was sharply critical of the two-term presidency of another, George W. Bush.

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In his later years, Bush was confined to a wheelchair or scooter, suffering from a form of Parkinson's disease that limited his mobility. His wife, Barbara Bush, died this past April. "Cathy and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bush family and join the nation in mourning the death of one that history will remember as one of our greatest leaders".

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors.

The 41st president of the US served from 1989 to 1993 and watched his son, George W. Bush, win election as the 43rd president of the USA eight years later. His administration was marked by grace, civility, and social conscience.

The proclamation hails Bush as "one of America's greatest points of light", a reference to one of the former leader's signature phrases about the impact of American civic culture. He said in a statement that Bush's service to the nation "demonstrated how we as a people can draw on our humility, diversity and devotion to our country to meet every challenge with fortitude and confidence".

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