George H.W. Bush was distinguished with high regard and amatory humor Wednesday as the republic bade farewell to the male who was America’s 41st boss and the last to quarrel for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad.
“To us,” the son pronounced of the father, “his was the brightest of a thousand points of light.”
George W. Bush pennyless down quickly at the end of his acknowledgment while invoking the daughter his relatives mislaid when she was 3 and his mother, Barbara, who died in April. He took comfort in meaningful “Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s palm again.”
For all the gloomy tributes to the late president’s open use and strength of character, delight filled the cathedral time after time. The late president’s eulogists — son enclosed — remarkable Bush’s bent to mixed his difference and uncover his nonsensical side.
He was “the last great-soldier statesman,” historian Jon Meacham pronounced in his eulogy, “our shield” in dangerous times. But he also pronounced that Bush, campaigning in a throng in a dialect store, once shook hands with a mannequin. Rather than flushing in embarrassment, he simply cracked, “Never know. Gotta ask.”
After the service, the hearse and a long way of cars headed for Joint Base Andrews and the moody to Texas — but first down to the National Mall to pass by the World War II Memorial . (AP)
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