Late George H.W. Bush valued ‘constructive dialogue’ with Russia - Putin

Former US President George Bush dies at age 94, family spokesman says

What made it even more special was that President George H.W. Bush and his son, President George W. Bush, were on the field that night taking part in the first pitch ceremony.

Former President George H W Bush has died at the age of 94.

- French President Emmanuel Macron "President Bush has left us for one last flight but his destination isn't unknown. Service defined President George H.W. Bush's life, and he taught all of us about leadership, sacrifice and decency". "President Trump is scheduled to speak with President George W. Bush this morning and offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the First Lady, and the entire country". In 2011, Obama awarded Bush the highest United States civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. He, too, is an architect of German unity. He was a leading statesman at a critical period of world history. "He supported it without reservation from the very beginning - and that we shall never forget", Maas said, as quoted by the ministry.

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Bush presided over economic malaise at home, and infuriated his fellow Republicans during a budget battle with rival Democrats by famously breaking his vow: "Read my Lips: No new taxes".

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev highlighted Bush's contribution to the development of the Russian-US relations and said that Russia would always honor him as an outstanding man.

The Houston Astros tweeted their condolences to Bush on Saturday.

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Bush had a pampered upbringing and attended the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, but delayed his acceptance to Yale in order to enlist in the US Navy on his 18th birthday and head off to war.

Instead of joining his father in banking upon graduation from Yale University, Bush headed to bleak west Texas to break into the rough-and-tumble oil business.

After a brief career in the oil industry, he entered politics, serving in the US House of Representatives and as chief of the Central Intelligence Agency before being elected Ronald Reagan's vice president.

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A year later, Bush held a summit with then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Malta marking the demise of the Cold War and two years later the two leaders signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

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