Although I am a lifelong Democrat, I would like to write in tribute to the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, who, of late, has been experiencing a period of ill health.
As a result, I thought this to be an appropriate time to reflect on his lifetime of accomplishments in service to our great nation.
President Bush is the son of Prescott Bush, who had served in the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Connecticut, where he was admired for his moderate approach to politics and government. He was also the father of our 43rd President, George Walker Bush, and the former governor of Florida, John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, who is considered a potential Republican front runner in the 2016 presidential election.
President Bush began his service to our great country when, following his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He became the youngest naval officer in World War II; flew 44 combat missions in the Pacific Theater; and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a result of his heroism under fire.
Following the end of World War II, and his subsequent graduation from Yale University, President Bush migrated to Texas, where he became very successful in the oil industry.
However, after achieving much success in the private sector, President Bush decided to pursue a career in government, which included stints as a U.S. congressman (1966-1971) U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (1971-1972), chairman of the Republican National Committee (1971-1972), chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing, China (1973-1974), director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1976-1977), vice president of the United States (1981-1989, and as the 41st President of the United States (1989-1993).
A very impressive resume of government service that only very few in our history can match.
Following his time as our nation's chief executive, President Bush generously donated considerable time and effort in raising funds for disaster victims, both nationally and abroad.
I am grateful to President Bush for his service to our great nation, and wish him a full recovery.