After being defeated by Bill Clinton in

After being defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992, George H. W. Bush left the white house at age 69. He was the forty-first president and was succeeded by Bill Clinton. He moved to a friends house in Massachusetts as a more permanent house was being built nearby. In 1993 he was the third President to receive the honor of Knighthood. It was given to him by Queen Elizabeth II. Later that year, he was almost assassinated in Kuwait by a car bomb. He as there to commemorate their victory over Iraq in the gulf war. Through investigation, the FBI declared that the attack was caused by the Iraqi intelligence service. In retaliation, Clinton launched 23 missiles at the Iraqi Intelligence Service headquarters in Baghdad. In the 1994 elections, his sons George W. and Jeb ran for the Governor of Florida and the Governor of Texas. George H. W. often called their headquarters to receive updates on the race. When George W. won but Jeb lost, George H. W. had very mixed feelings.”I have very mixed emotions. Proud father is the way I would sum it all up.” In 1997  the Houston Intercontinental Airport was renamed George Bush Intercontinental Airport. On January 20, 2001, his oldest son, George W., was inaugurated as the forty-third president. He was also elected in 2004. Before his son’s presidency, he was known as “George Bush,” but afterward, “Bush the Elder or Bush 41. George W. asked for his father’s advice with regard to the Middle East and informed him of “my efforts to rally the Saudis, Jordanians, Turks, and others in the Middle East”.In 2005, despite his differences with Bill Clinton, he appeared alongside him in TV ads in support of relief efforts towards hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. In 2007, he was awarded the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in Beverly Hills, California, by former First Lady Nancy Reagan.Within his post-presidential years, he endorsed many candidates. He supported  Pete Sessions and Ted Poe in Texas congressional races. In 2008 he endorsed John Mccain in 2008 for President of the United States. He also said he would campaign against Hillary Clinton if she made a presidential bid. He also endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidency in the 2012 elections.The George Bush Presidential Library was built between 1995 and 1997 and contains the presidential and vice-presidential papers of Bush and the vice-presidential papers of Dan Quayle. It was dedicated on November 6, 1997, and opened to the public shortly thereafter.On June 12, 2014, Bush fulfilled a promise by skydiving on his 90th birthday. He made the parachute jump from a helicopter near his home in Kennebunkport, Maine. The jump marked the eighth time he had skydived, including jumps on his 80th and 85th birthday. He had tweeted prior to the jump, saying “It’s a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.”He encouraged his son Jeb to make a bid for President in 2015, but he withdrew after not finding traction with voters. George H.W. Bush later said that he voted for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, instead of Trump, though, after Trump won the election, Bush sent him a letter of congratulations.Bush sent a letter to president-elect Donald Trump in 2017 to inform him that because of his health, he would not be able to attend Trump’s inauguration on January 20. On January 18, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was sedated for a procedure to treat an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. He was discharged in January after surgery successfully removed a blockage from his lungs. On November 25, 2017, Bush became the oldest U.S. president, when he surpassed 93 years and 165 days, the lifespan of Gerald Ford, who died in 2006. George H. W. Bush had an active career and also an active post-career. He still is alive and is a great American hero.

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