'Noble man, best father': George W Bush's emotional tribute to his father


"Through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could ask", Bush said. Bush observed that his father was always "in constant motion", though he was "never too busy to share his life with those around him".

"George H.W. Bush was America's last great soldier-statesman", Jon Meacham, a presidential biographer, said in a eulogy. But his greetings stopped there, as he failed to acknowledge Hillary Clinton, his defeated Democratic rival in 2016.

Mulroney hailed Bush for his World War II military service; his handling of the implosion of the Soviet Union; the North American Free Trade Agreement he negotiated, and his "strong" environmental efforts, including a 1991 acid rain treaty with Canada that Mulroney described as a "splendid gift to future generations".

"An imperfect man, he left us a more flawless union", Meacham said. His final resting place is alongside his wife and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia at age 3.

Allen says the band is honored to keep its promise to Bush to perform at his funeral.

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Trump ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

Obama and Bush's friendship has become a model of bipartisan bonhomie since former President Barack Obama was in office.

George P. Bush, the former president's grandson and the only member of the political dynasty still holding elected office, as Texas land commissioner, subsequently struck a more personal tone with the man he and the younger generations called "gampy".

The Oak Ridge Boys sang for their president on Thursday (Dec. 6), making good on a promise to perform "Amazing Grace" at President George H.W. Bush's funeral.

Despite any bad blood, the family of the 41st president made it clear that Trump was invited to his funeral - in contrast with the last state funeral for Republican Sen. His opponent Bill Clinton coasted to victory.

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"It was at that point, President Bush said, 'Can I take this for a drive?'" Iden said.

To Barbara Bush, her grandfather, George H.W. Bush, was the "center of our family".

The late Bush's feelings about Trump were harsh at times.

Inside the Capitol, Sully, the 2-year-old Labrador retriever assigned to Bush, sat by the casket in the company of people who came to commemorate Bush's signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 law that, among its many provisions, required businesses that prohibit pets to give access to service dogs.

He served as a congressman, envoy to China and ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and vice president to Ronald Reagan before winning the White House.

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