Former President George H.W. Bush Legacy

Abigail Parella, Staff Writer

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Former President George H.W. Bush died November 30th; at 94 years and 171 days, making him the longest living president in United States history.

President Bush has had many great accomplishments in is life, devoted to both his family and his country.

President Bush fought in World War II in the U.S Navy in the Pacific. In his dedication to public service , he served as a U.S congressman, an ambassador to the United Nations, Vice President and President of the United States from January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993.

Bush not only had a strong impact on his country during his term, but the world as well. He filled two vacant seats in the Supreme Court during his single term; David Souter in 1990 and Clarance Thomas in 1991.

By nominating these two justices, Bush had a chance to cap the conservative legal movements,

reconquest of the Supreme Court at the time.

Souter, who turned out to be more liberal, ensured that Roe v. Wade would remain the law of the nation for at least another 25 years; he also ensured that a conservative Supreme Court would not occur till 2018.

Bush felt there was a strong need for foreign policy, making a focal point of his four-year presidency. Bush took office as the Cold War was ending, the Soviet Union was collapsing and Germany was in the process of reunifying.

Bush is credited to have improved the relationship between the United States and Soviet Union. He also signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in July of 1991, with soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

While Bush gained plenty of support for his foreign policy, his approval was dampened by an economic recession.

After his presidency, his son George Bush was elected president in 2000, and would serve as a two-term president unlike his father.

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush truly helped move this great country in a forward motion for generations to come.