As president from 1989 to 1993, George H W Bush saw the end of the Cold War. He led the first Gulf War against Saddam Hussein in 1990, during which Iraq bombed an Israel city, Ramat Gan. He then initiated the 1991 Madrid Conference for an Israel-Palestinian peace which was attended by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. Bush was succeeded eight years after he left the White House by his son George W. Bush, who became 43rd president. The late president was a World War II hero as a fighter pilot, a Texas Republican congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan’s vice president. He died eight months after his wife, Barbara, to whom he was married for 73 years.
President Donald Trump and Melania praised his lifetime of service to the nation and “unflappable leadership” during the waning days of the Cold War. Former president George Bush led the tributes to his father. Admiring tributes also came from former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.