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OffbeatColin Powell: George H.W. Bush was the 'most qualified person' to be president in terms of foreign policy

17:55  02 december  2018
17:55  02 december  2018 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

I wasn't supposed to like George H.W. Bush -- Then I got to know him

I wasn't supposed to like George H.W. Bush -- Then I got to know him I first met George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, not long before he was elected as Ronald Reagan’s vice president in 1980. At the time, if anyone was predisposed not to like the future vice president and president, it was me. In 1980 I was holding my first job in politics, working as a press aide to former Texas Gov. John B. Connally – who, like Bush and Ronald Reagan, was seeking the 1980 Republican presidential nomination. None of Connally’s aides had anything nice to say about Bush. Apparently, Texas wasn’t big enough for the two of them. I had no personal knowledge of Bush and therefore, no reason to doubt the negative comments.

The presidency of George H . W . Bush began at noon EST on January 20, 1989, when George H . W . Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States, and ended on January 20, 1993.

The presidency of George W . Bush began at noon EST on January 20, 2001, when George W . Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States, and ended on January 20, 2009.

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell praised the late President George H.W. Bush, saying he was the "most qualified" person to serve as president when it came to foreign policy.

“Everything he thought of, everything he did in public life was always directed to helping the American people,” Powell told ABC’s “This Week” during an interview Sunday. “He was a patriot. He demonstrated that in war. He demonstrated that in peace. He was the most qualified person, with respect to foreign policy, ever to serve as president of the United States of America, and he was able to demonstrate that for the four years of his service.”

Bush died Friday at 94. He was a World War II veteran who went on to serve as a congressman, diplomat, director of the CIA, and vice president before becoming the 41st president,.

Powell, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Bush, described him as a “perfect president” who will be “seen as one of the best ones.”

“I thought he was a perfect American in terms of how he served the country in so many different capacities,” he said.

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