On November 30th, George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away in his home in Houston, Texas. He was ninety-four years old. While you may not have been born when Mr. Bush was president, the outpouring of personal stories and lives that he touched might give you a sense of what kind of president and person he was. From the Secret Service men and women who served him to the republican and democratic leaders who worked with him, one can only gather that he was not only well-respected but also well-liked because of the way he treated people. On December 3rd, he was flown into Washington DC, where government officials and the public could pay their respects as the late president, like those before him, lay in state at the US Capitol building. To honor him and his dedication to the country, government agencies such as the post office were closed on Wednesday, December 5th, the day of his funeral. Here at Xyza, we’re paying tribute to the late president by highlighting some interesting facts about his life:
1. George H.W. Bush was elected President of the United States in 1989. He served as POTUS for one term. In 2000, his son George W. Bush was elected president of the United States. The Bushes are only one of two father/son pairs who served as President of the United States. Who were the other pair? John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States, and John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States.
2. Before his naval and political careers, he was a baseball player. He played baseball for the Yale University baseball team and played in the first two college World Series.
3. In 2013, George H.W. Bush shaved his head to support one of his Secret Service agents whose son was fighting Leukemia.
4. He celebrated his 75th birthday in 1999 by skydiving! Think that was his only dive? Think again! It seems like he made it a tradition to skydive on his birthday—he did so again on his 80th, 85th, and 90th birthdays!
5. Before he won the 1989 election, he was actually POTUS for eight hours. How? While he was Vice President for President Ronald Reagan, he was POTUS for eight hours in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan was in surgery after being shot.
6. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, former Presidents George H.W. Bush (a Republican) and Bill Clinton (a Democrat) joined together to form the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.
7. His Secret Service call sign was “Timberwolf.”
Thank you for dedicating your life to making the United States a better place, former President George H.W. Bush. You will be missed.