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

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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

Bush orders Operation Just Cause and overthrows Panama‘s dictator Manuel Noriega

Manuel Noriega was the dictator of Panama. He was also a major drug trafficker, who shipped in drugs to the US. The US government ended up indicting him for drug trafficking and other serious crimes. However, in 1989 Noriega allegedly “suppressed democracy” by annulling a Panamanian election. However, what launched Operation Just Cause, was the killing of an off-duty Marine by Noriega‘s troops. The operation ended up lasting only four days.

4

President Bush signs into law the Americans with Disabilities Act

Probably one of the most important pieces of legislation he signed into law was the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA guarantees that the disabled are given the same opportunities as everyone else, both in the workplace and their communities. The ADA was called the “Emancipation Proclamation for the disabled.”

5

President George H.W. Bush adds to the Clean Air Act

President Bush made several changes to the Clean Air Act in 1990, which focused on several environmental threats which include acid rain, urban air pollution, emissions, and ozone depletion. Bush‘s amendments also allowed for better enforcement of the Act.

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