‘I Love You, Too’: George H.W. Bush’s Final Words To Son

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The Queen, Donald Trump and the Dalai Lama led tributes to the former United States president George HW Bush who has died at the age of 94.

Gov. Roy Cooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

With the passing of the 94-year-old Bush on Friday, warm memories of the president have washed over the internet and (most) news outlets. There will be very tough times, made even more hard by criticism you may not think is fair.

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Speaking on board Air force One on his way home from the G-20 summit in Argentina, Trump said congressional leaders have asked for the extension because of Bush's funeral on Wednesday and other events this week honoring the country's 41st president.

The New York Times reports Bush was surrounded by several friends and family as the night wore on.

His passing ushers in almost a week of remembrances and tributes in Washington, where Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol following a ceremony there Monday evening. He will make his final journey aboard a funeral train. Later, Bush will be memorialized in Houston and buried at his presidential library in College Station, Texas. He ran against one of Bush's sons, Jeb Bush, in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, and was sharply critical of the two-term presidency of another, George W. Bush. "Dana Carvey's take on George H.W. Bush has always been one of my favorites", One user wrote.

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From former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to current heads of state, leaders praised Bush both for his strength and his moderation, as well as the commitment to internationalism typified by his assembling of a global coalition to oust Iraqi invaders from Kuwait in 1991. Guided by his wisdom, sound judgment, and unshakable faith in freedom, President Bush forged a lasting worldwide order and ushered in an era of national peace and prosperity. Gorbachev called him "a true partner" in winding down the Cold War. "When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago".

Bush's health had been declining for several days. He was a great man with great character, regardless of politics. But the world of politics was calling this son of a U.S. senator. "That's the America we love", she said on Instagram. Eight years later, in accepting his party's nomination for president in 1988, Bush pleaded for a "kinder, and gentler nation".

On his last day there, Bush sat at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and penned a letter to his successor. Bush's remains will lie in state in the rotunda until Wednesday morning.

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