HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The nation is mourning the loss of President George H.W. Bush. Local4 spoke with a local political science professor at Hastings College about how the former president changed the country.
Dr. Robert Amyot said Bush came into office at the end of the cold war and he lead with a calmness that was needed for the tense time period.
Bush began as a pilot and worked his way to being a diplomat, head of the CIA, a vice president, and then he took the oval office himself.
“George H.W. Bush was actually was quite unique in his presidency in that he was one of the most qualified men to become president and I say that because he had spent so much time working at the national level,” Dr. Amyot said.
He is well known for his stance as a moderate republican. Many people on social media are discussing how rare that trait is to find in politicians today.
He lead the country in foreign policy and strengthened ties internationally.
“I think our continuing relationship with China is something we can lay at his feet,” Dr. Amyot said. “He wasn't the first to open it up but he did a lot to keep it going in the Reagan administration and really built it up during his own administration.”
In his one term as president, George H.W. Bush also appointed two supreme court justices and lead the country during the gulf war.