Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced. And I will always be grateful to the Bushes for being kind friends and advisers to me.
Eight years later, though, he was able to watch his son, George W. Bush, become the 43rd president of the United States.
On Tuesday, McGrath tweeted that Bush had been visited by former President Obama that day while the 44th president was visiting Houston.
As president, Bush launched the "Points of Light" initiative to promote volunteerism and community service across the country.
Bush's death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years - longer than any other president and first lady. Expanding America's promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities. He continued: "It's a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he'd want all of us to try".
US President George W. Bush Russian President Vladimir Putin and former US President George H.W. Bush in 2007
He was a World War II aviator and Texan oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964 as a Republican.
"For these reasons and more, I join Houstonians in mourning the death of George Herbert Walker Bush and expressing heartfelt condolences to his children and the rest of the Bush family".
He basked in the biggest outpouring of patriotism and pride in America's military since World War II, and his approval ratings soared to almost 90%.
The magazine ended up only publishing images of Bush at work, but photographer Leonard McCombe also captured the balance of Bush's life-the home and family that he left behind when he went off to NY to the United Nations.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner said: "George H.W. Bush was a class act - a person of tremendous strength and moral character who exemplified the values of public service. My thoughts are with the Bush family at this time of loss". Bush Sr. was the first vice president to be elected to the presidency since 1836, and also the second person in United States history whose son was able to become president after his father.
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