President George W. Bush delivered a moving tribute to his father at his memorial service in Washington then broke down in tears at the end of a eulogy as he spoke lovingly of the 41st president as a caring father and loyal friend.
‘Through our tears let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man,’ Bush said of his father and namesake, George H.W. Bush, as he spoke at the end of a two-hour long service at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.
His was the fourth speech and most emotional tribute to George H.W. who died on Friday at the age of 94.
George H.W.’s casket was the centerpiece for a once-in-a-generation funeral – at times both soul-searing and hilarious – as he journeyed toward his final resting place.
President Donald Trump sat alongside three former Democratic presidents – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – a tribute to the man for whom they showed varying degrees of contempt and admiration while he was alive.
Trump has been consistently critical of the late Bush for his military adventurism and regime-change policies in the Persian Gulf and Panama, which he believes sacrificed too much American blood and treasure for minimal return.
But following Friday’s death of Bush at age 94, the current president treated Americans to a kinder, gentler Trump.
‘We lost a president who truly was a wonderful person, a wonderful man, a great man,’ he told reporters in Argentina during the G20 summit.
Trump sat in the front row but didn’t offer a eulogy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that former President George W. Bush had ‘dibs.’
The late president’s remains began the weekend in Houston. Family members accompanied the casket to Washington on the plane that typically serves as Air Force One.
In a hushed quiet that’s rare in America’s bustling Capitol complex, Bush lay in state while dignitaries and family passed underneath the towering Capitol Dome.
An estimated 57,000 people joined them, one by one.