To honor the former president, the global nonprofit Points of Light, founded by Bush, invited the public to celebrate Bush by giving a day of service in his memory. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family.
Russ Baker, author of "Family of Secrets", a biography of the Bushes, said the family is better known for building an enduring political dynasty than for their policy or ideology, especially by following the lead of George H.W. Bush and his wife of 73 years, Barbara, who died in April 2018.
Bush was a decorated second world war pilot, diplomat and one-time Central Intelligence Agency chief who saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office - making them only the second father-son duo in American presidential history, after John and John Quincy Adams.
Trump ― who paid tribute to the former president with the same quote he once used to mock him ― has repeatedly clashed with the family, including against Jeb Bush during the 2016 GOP presidential primaries.
Donald Trump announced Saturday he would send his presidential aircraft to bring the casket of his late predecessor George H.W. Bush from Texas to Washington, where he will lie in state this week.
"Dear Bill", read the note then-outgoing President Bush left to new incumbent Bill Clinton in the Oval Office on January 20, 1993.
Bush, who died Friday in Houston at the age of 94, is to be honored with a state funeral in Washington's twin-spired National Cathedral, with President Donald Trump and his wife Melania to attend, the White House has confirmed.
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"T$3 here was great temptation to move aggressively to make sure we controlled and maintained the enormous success of the collapse of the old Soviet empire", he said. "My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush's family and the American people".
From there, Bush's casket will travel to Washington on board Trump's presidential aircraft - in what the U.S. leader called "a special tribute that he deserves very much".
Trump said: "I would absolutely consider it and probably get it".
"From the vantage point of a foreign service officer, you really felt you had a president there who understood what you were doing", says Hill.
Those harsh assessments were set aside in the Trumps' comments Saturday.
"And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction".
Mr Bush served as the 41st USA president between 1989 and 1993, and oversaw the first Gulf War.