Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol through Wednesday when a memorial service will be held at the National Cathedral.
Bush was often evasive when asked about his legacy, but Carleton College political expert Steven Schier said he will be likely be remembered favorably for a number of reasons, “Specifically negotiating us through the very difficult end of the cold war, a peaceful re-arrangement of international relations around a changed Russia, the successful Gulf War of 1991.”
Schier said that domestic issues were more problematic for Bush, who had to contend with a Democratic Congress and faced a major setback after breaking his “no new taxes” pledge.
“Bush, I think in foreign policy will have to be rated a successful president, domestic policy, not so much. Is he the most successful one-term president? Hard to say, but he did have some very impressive successes,” he added.
A private funeral for Bush will be held in Texas Thursday.