Current President Trump also shared a few words, saying that Bush had "sound judgement" and "common sense". "Heartfelt condolences to the Bush family and to all Americans". "We honor him as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a man of deep conviction who dedicated his life in service to country, family and faith".
But Bush didn't like to brag, according to Chris Buckley, who was a speechwriter for Bush.
The 41st president of the US served from 1989 to 1993 and watched his son, George W. Bush, win election as the 43rd president of the USA eight years later. "As president, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed".
Film Subject President George H.W. Bush celebrates his 88th birthday following the HBO Documentary special screening of "41" on June 12, 2012 in Kennebunkport, Maine.
That was a departure from Trump's comments at a Montana rally this past summer, where he mocked the "thousand points of light" phrase that Bush had famously used to describe the volunteer spirit of Americans.
Trump also announced that he has authorized the use of the iconic Boeing 747 presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One whenever a president is on board, to transport Bush's remains to Washington - a customary honor for a former president.
In a 2006 interview with CNN's Larry King on "Larry King Live", Bush, who flew combat missions in World War II, read part of a letter he wrote his five children before the start of the Gulf War in which he discussed the phrase.
Trump, who upended the GOP establishment with his insurgent presidential campaign, has had a fractious relationship with the Bush family over the years. "We are grateful for his commitment to patriotism and public service".
Trump, the 45th president, paid tribute to "the life and legacy of 41". "And I think in an odd way, he made it look so easy that people don't appreciate how hard a task he had".
Bush first met with church leaders in 1982 while vice president.
Early Saturday morning, Bush's second-oldest son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, took to social media to write, "I already miss the greatest human being that I will ever know".
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