George Herbert Walker Bush

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On November 30, 2018, the United States and the world lost a great man. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.

President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example.

On the day he turned 18, 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H.W. Bush volunteered for combat duty in the Second World War. The youngest aviator in United States naval history at the time, he flew 58 combat missions, including one in which, after taking enemy fire, he parachuted from his burning plane into the Pacific Ocean. After the war, he returned home and started a business. In his words, “the big thing” he learned from this endeavor was “the satisfaction of creating jobs.”

The same unselfish spirit that motivated his business pursuits later inspired him to resume the public service he began as a young man. First, as a member of Congress, then as Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the United States Liaison Office in China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President, and finally President of the United States, George H.W. Bush guided our Nation through the Cold War, to its peaceful and victorious end, and into the decades of prosperity that have followed. Through sound judgment, practical wisdom, and steady leadership, President Bush made safer the second half of a tumultuous and dangerous century.

Even with all he accomplished in service to our Nation, President Bush remained humble. He never believed that government — even when under his own leadership — could be the source of our Nation’s strength or its greatness. America, he rightly told us, is illuminated by “a thousand points of light,” “ethnic, religious, social, business, labor union, neighborhood, regional and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary and unique” in which Americans serve Americans to build and maintain the greatest Nation on the face of the Earth. President Bush recognized that these communities of people are the true source of America’s strength and vitality.

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America’s greatest points of light, the death of President George H.W. Bush.

A Book of Condolence is open at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra on Thursday December 6, and Friday December 7 from 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm on both days. 

We also encourage you to share your condolences and memories of President Bush on this page; however, if you would prefer to leave a private message, you can reach us at AskEmbassyCanberra@state.gov.

“I do not mistrust the future. I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater.” – President George H.W. Bush during his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1989.

9 thoughts on “George Herbert Walker Bush

  1. Pam Sackmann McEwin December 4, 2018 — 3:09 am

    Condolences to his family and friends.

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  2. RIP President George H.W Bush. 😥 😥 😥 😥
    GBU and praying for your soul into eternity and eternal happiness and peaceful life under Lord Jesus in His Heavenly Kingdom with all the Christ’ Holy Saints and Holy Angels and all other good souls! Amen!
    Praying also for all your families for all blessings in everything with all other good people there.
    Amen!

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  3. On behalf of the Queensland French community the Honorary Consul for France, Lady Jane Edwards expresses her sincere condolences on the passing of President George Herbert Walker Bush. Our thoughts are with his family and the American people.

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  4. A decent and compassionate human being, and the last President from a very special generation – who went from the 1930s Depression through the 1940s World War to build a better world for us all in the 1950s. Vale. (And an acknowledgement to President Nixon who from 1970 picked out President Bush for greater things to come.)

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  5. On behalf of the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences on the passing of President George H.W. Bush. I studied in Boston from 1990 to 1992 during the Bush administration, and my thoughts are with the Bush family at this sad time.

    Kazuyoshi Matsunaga
    Consul-General of Japan, Melbourne

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  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Bush family at this sad time. He was an exceptional world leader and gentleman and will be greatly missed.

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  7. I remember when I saw President George Herbert Walker Bush get inaugurated. Of all the past presidents, he was my favorite. My condolences to his family, friends, and all who m knew of him.

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  8. I would like to extend sincere condolences on behalf of the Federation of Australian American Associations Inc – John Langford – Executive Officer

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  9. Deepest condolences to the Bush family. I well remember meeting President and Mrs Bush in Dallas when I was helping in the Republican Headquarters in 1960. What a delightful couple. They really inspired all of us to work just a little harder. He was an amazing leader for the country. It was such a privilege to have gotten to know them. I, too, mourn his passing, he will once again be with his Barbara.

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