George H.W. Bush: Great on experience, not as communicator

Former President George H. W. Bush has passed away. CREDIT NBC NEWS

Former President George H. W. Bush has passed away. CREDIT NBC NEWS

Praise for former United States president George H.W. Bush, poured in on Saturday hours after his death at 94 at his Houston home.

According to Bush's office, funeral arrangement will be announced soon. It read: "Agha, Why do you want me to go back to Taxes? GB".

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a condolence letter to US President Donald Trump over passing of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the US.

"An outstanding man, who has faithfully served his country all his life - with a weapon in his hands during the war and in senior government positions during peaceful times - is no longer with us", the Russian leader said. "Share pain of family and American people". "Vice President of the United States".

He flew 58 combat missions and was shot down over the Pacific by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.

He returned home and graduated from Yale University, eventually launching a brief career in the oil industry in Texas. Eight years later, as he accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1988, Bush pleaded for a "kinder, and gentler nation". We happened to work together in years of great changes.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper tweeted that Bush was "a conservative leader and deeply devoted family man" who leaves behind an incredible legacy. But the decorated war pilot and former Central Intelligence Agency chief suffered the ignominy of being a one-term president, denied a second term over a weak economy when he lost the 1992 election to upstart Democrat Bill Clinton.

The Bush and Obama relationship has been hinted at in the past when a touching clip of George W Bush and Michelle Obama sharing a piece of candy during Senator John McCain's memorial service.

In 2011, Bush was honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Australia mourned with the United States, and said the former president was a good role model for all politicians.

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