Bush’s career of service to his country spanned his entire adult life and included piloting 58 combat missions in World War Two, serving in the House of Representatives, as UN Ambassador, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice President of the United States under Reagan, and of course serving as the 42st President of the United States.
Bush’s popularity swelled during the early part of his Presidential term as US forces enjoyed sweeping successes in defeating Iraq’s attempt to invade Kuwait and take the country by force. This popularity was short lived, however. The expense of Operation Desert Storm forced a tax increase that, because Bush had campaigned on a platform of “no new taxes”, his base saw as an economic betrayal. The country was entering the beginning of a recession, and his mission oriented, analytic approach appeared cold and out of touch in comparison to the portrayed empathy being projected by his opponent, Bill Clinton. This loss of popularity cost Bush his bid for re-election, and he was succeeded by Clinton in 1993.
In the decades following his tenure as President, modern historians have viewed Bush as a globalist whose ultimate goal was the dissolution of national sovereinties in favor of a eutopic unified world government. While his policies and rhetoric certainly do lend themselves to this analysis, his misguided initiatives fail to overshadow his lifetime of commitment to serving his country. The country today mourns the passing of not only a President, but of a shining example of a generation that held sacrifice and duty as a virtue.