Top 5 moments in President George H.W. Bush's life as president

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at 94. [Image Credit] NBC News - YouTube
Former President George H.W. Bush dies at 94. [Image Credit] NBC News - YouTube

Former President George H.W. Bush leaves behind a legacy of many successes both in the U.S. and around the world.

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Former President George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94. Bush Sr., started his political career as Vice President of the United States under President Reagan from 1981 to 1989. He was then elected president in 1989, serving only one term after losing to President Bill Clinton.

During his time in office, President Bush was forced to deal with a major economic recession and a budget debt, causing him to be unable to enact domestic reforms he had planned. However, despite the failings, there are five moments that truly defined his legacy as president.


President Bush responded to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990

Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait claiming that they had stolen oil from the border. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia ended up calling for support from their NATO allies. In 1990, President Bush ordered Operation Desert Storm, which led to the massive Gulf War. Operation Desert Storm lasted only 42 days when Bush declared a cease-fire. Most of the Iraqi military surrendered or just fled back to Iraq.


Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sign nuclear treaty

With only one term in office, President Bush ended up spending much of his time at rebuilding US-Soviet relations, as well as limiting the nuclear weapons that each country could have. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which limited the nuclear weapons stock of both the US and Russia by almost 40 percent.

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