On November 30, 2018, former president George H. W. Bush passed away at age 94. This death of a president, in particular, happened to strike many people hard. Here's why:
He is the first president to pass in over a decade. Before Bush, former President Gerald Ford was the last president to pass in late 2006. However, George H. W. Bush had a much higher approval rating meaning he was better liked than Gerald Ford.
He was an efficient president. Whether you agreed with his policies or not there was no argument that he got work done. In his presidential term, he helped guide the country out of a Cold War lasting four decades and increased economic relations with China. He also increased air pollution regulations, taxation, and introduced the bank bailout to help prevent another great depression scenario.
Outside of his presidency, he still contributed to society. Outside of his term, he also served as an ambassador to the U.N, director of Central Intelligence, vice president, and held a diplomatic position to China.
George H. W. Bush's death makes many nostalgic for what the Republican party once stood for. In recent times, the Republican party has pushed farther and farther right making many feel like they didn't affiliate with any party. The Republican party is now increasingly associated with racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and sexism. During Bush's presidency, the Republican party represented ideals that today would be considered more moderate and respectful.