Bush told son, George W. , 'I love you, too' before he died

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Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness.

Gov. Roy Cooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

Bush, who served as 41st president, died at 10 p.m. Friday, Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath announced.

"There will be very tough times, made even more hard by criticism you may not think is fair", Bush 41 wrote, perhaps in anticipation of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, as some people have noticed.

In June, Clinton visited Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, and a photo posted on Twitter shows the 41st and 42nd presidents together as Bush displays a pair of "Bill Clinton socks" from his colorful sock collection.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Bush's last words were an expression of love for his son and fellow former president. He will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday evening through Wednesday morning. He'll be interred later on Thursday at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the grounds of Texas A&M University in College Station, after making the final leg, from Spring, Texas, by train.

George H.W. Bush, a World War II hero whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He credited Bush's ability to negotiate with former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as playing a key role.

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The Bushes made history as the first father-son presidential duo since John Adams and son John Quincy Adams were elected in the nation's earliest decades.

Michael Pallamary was an active politician during the time Bush was president.

President Bush's mother and father were married at the church. "The result was the end of the Cold War and nuclear arms race".

Bush asked to hear Mulroney's acceptance speech, so the former prime minister read it out to him.

Bush's health had been declining for several days. But the world of politics was calling this son of a USA senator. A true testament to his character was his ability to befriend his old political rivals, a reminder that despite our differences, more unites the American people, including its leaders, than divides us. Eight years later, in accepting his party's nomination for president in 1988, Bush pleaded for a "kinder, and gentler nation".

"Nice little tribute to George H.W Bush", another user wrote.