George HW Bush

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Barbara Bush Came Close to Killing Herself

The former first lady talked to biographer Susan Page about her struggles

(Newser) - Barbara Bush's depression ran so deep, she considered driving into a tree or an oncoming car. That's when she would pull over. "I felt terrible," she told Susan Page for The Matriarch, a new biography coming out Tuesday. "...I mean, I felt really depressed. I... More »

Jimmy Carter to Set a Record for Presidents

As the oldest living former president

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter has already lived longer after leaving office than any other president—more than 38 years. And on Friday, he'll be 94 years and 172 days old, the Journal Constitution reports, passing the record set by George HW Bush as the oldest living former president. Carter has kept... More »

Bush Had a Secret Project for 10 Years. He Used a Fake Name

Former president sponsored a Filipino child named Timothy

(Newser) - Compassion International allows people to sponsor kids living in poverty around the globe—and for 10 years, George HW Bush quietly sponsored a Filipino child through the organization. Bush, using a pseudonym, was connected with Timothy, then 7, in 2002. "I am an old man, 77 years old,... More »

Michelle Obama Dishes on Dubya Passing Her Things at Funerals

Former first lady says George W. Bush had 'the sense of humor to bring me a mint'

(Newser) - Another "cough drop moment" between Michelle Obama and George W. Bush? Per People and Today , the former first lady made a stop in San Jose, Calif., on Friday for her book tour, and she addressed an apparent repeat of what took place at John McCain's memorial service in... More »

Bush's Gravestone Bears a Simple Inscription

41st president was buried Thursday after a Navy hymn

(Newser) - Texas A&M says the private, graveside service for George HW Bush's family members has ended and the former president has been buried. Thursday evening's ceremony concludes days of funeral activities honoring the 41st president, the AP reports. After lying in state at the US Capitol and a... More »

Thousands Cheer Along Bush's Funeral Train

And take rocks, pressed coins as souvenirs

(Newser) - Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train 4141—for the 41st president—carried George HW Bush's remains toward their final resting place in Texas on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in an emotional home state... More »

Presidential Funeral Train Is First in Nearly 50 Years

It'll make a roughly 70-mile journey

(Newser) - The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George HW Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies. "I might have left Air Force One behind," Bush quipped during... More »

At Bush's Funeral, Moments of Humor

Jon Meacham gives a eulogy both poignant and light

(Newser) - George HW Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America's 41st president and the last to fight for the US in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth—George W.... More »

A 'Dramatic Moment' Before No. 41's Funeral

World leaders and past presidents to gather in DC Wednesday to remember George HW Bush

(Newser) - The mail has been stopped , the NYSE has been shuttered, and past US presidents, world leaders, and other dignitaries are converging on DC to attend the state funeral for George HW Bush. President Trump, who has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning , is set to attend the service for... More »

USPS Shuts Down to Honor Bush

NYSE, Nasdaq will also be closed

(Newser) - The US Postal Service "will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity" on Wednesday, declared a national day of mourning for former President George HW Bush. "Out of respect for the 41st President," USPS says it will provide only limited package delivery "consistent... More »

Trump Salutes Bush's Casket at the Capitol

Melania put her hand over her heart

(Newser) - President Trump paid his respects Monday after George HW Bush arrived at the Capitol for the final time . The 45th president—who skipped an earlier service—visited the 41st president as he was lying in state, the AP reports. The president, who traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue in a motorcade, saluted... More »

Bush 41 Arrives at Capitol for Final Time

Former president lies in state

(Newser) - The nation's capital embraced George HW Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning by the political elite and everyday citizens alike, the... More »

For Bush, a Final, Fitting Pair of Socks

They pay homage to former president's naval service

(Newser) - George HW Bush was known for his colorful socks , so it's only fitting he will be buried in a special pair. Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted the image Monday: The socks feature planes flying in formation, a nod to Bush's own history as a young Navy pilot, reports Fox... More »

Bush's Loyal Service Dog Has Last Duty

Sully the service dog pictured lying in front of casket

(Newser) - George HW Bush's spokesman tweeted a poignant image Sunday evening of the former president's service dog, Sully, lying before the former president's casket. "Mission complete," wrote Jim McGrath. Sully, who joined Bush earlier this year and spent the last few months at Bush's side,... More »

These Were Bush's Final Words

'I love you, too,' he told son George W.

(Newser) - The last four words George HW Bush spoke were to son George W. Bush, reports the New York Times : "I love you, too." The younger Bush was at home in Dallas Friday night when he was put on speakerphone with his dad in Houston to say goodbye. He... More »

Clinton Found This Note When He Took Office

From an outgoing president to an incoming one

(Newser) - It was a grace note for the ages. "Dear Bill," George HW Bush scribbled Jan. 20, 1993, to the Democrat about to succeed him as president, the AP reports. "When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that... More »

He Served Just One Term, but the World Changed

George HW Bush was in office at the end of the Cold War

(Newser) - With George HW Bush dead at 94 , coverage of the life of the 41st president is plentiful. Here are some early highlights:
  • The broad strokes: For a thorough obituary and assessment, start with the Washington Post . Its story notes that while Bush served just one term as president, it was
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Will Trump Speak at Funeral? He Has Friction With Bushes

But the president had kind words for George HW Bush on Saturday

(Newser) - President Trump had kind words for George HW Bush on Saturday after the former president's death , both in a formal statement and a more personal tweet . But as USA Today reports, Trump has a history of friction with the Bush family, with the elder Bush himself referring to Trump... More »

George HW Bush Played in 1st College World Series

See photos from the long, public life of the former president, who is dead at 94

(Newser) - News that former President George W. Bush has died at 94 means the day will be filled with recollections and assessments from a long life, much of it spent in the public eye. While Bush served as a one-term president after winning the 1988 election, he has plenty else on... More »

George HW Bush Dead at 94

Former president dies 8 months after Barbara Bush's death

(Newser) - Former President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, the AP reports. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10pm Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years... More »

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