George HW Bush, the 41st president of the United States who led America during the collapse of the Soviet Union and engineered the defeat of an audacious Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, died in Houston on Friday.
Goldie Hawn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Takei, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Jeffrey Wright, and Chaz Bono were also among those from the Hollywood sector sending thoughts up for the Bush family, as well as former Vice President Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton released tributes. "George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for", George W. Bush's statement reads. The national day of mourning is meant to "pay homage to the memory" of the 41st president.
"Ahepans mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude", said former President Obama.
The Trumps were informed of Mr Bush's death at the age 94 late on Friday while in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the Group of 20 summit of rich and developing nations.
The proclamation hails Bush as "one of America's greatest points of light", a reference to one of the former leader's signature phrases about the impact of American civic culture.
"President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", the Trumps wrote. "'Putting America First" we understand. And it drove his political advisers insane because they'd say, 'My God, you've got a war hero here, you've got to oomph it up!' But if I put that in one of his speech texts, about how he was shot down at the age of 20, he would take it out.
The White House said Saturday President Donald Trump would declare December 5th a national day of mourning for the country's 41st president. But he made clear what he thought of Trump.
"I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard", Bush added. "When I was working for him when he was vice president, you couldn't get him to talk about his war record".