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George W. Bush Delivers an Emotional Eulogy for His Father

"To us, his was the brightest of the thousand points of light."

By NTK Staff | 12.05.2018 @1:49pm

Former President George W. Bush was overcome with emotion after he delivered the eulogy for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

Bush delivered a eulogy that was filled with stories about his father’s life, which often caused the crowd gathered in the National Cathedral to break out in laughter.

“At age 85, a favorite pastime of George H.W. Bush was firing up his boat, the Fidelity, and opening up the three 300-horsepower engines to fly — joyfully fly — across the Atlantic with the Secret Service boats straining to keep up,” Bush said. At age 90, George H.W. Bush parachuted out of an aircraft and landed on the grounds of St. Ann’s by the Sea in Kennebunkport, Maine, the church where his mom was married and where he worshiped often.”

“In his 90s, he took great delight when his closest pal, James A. Baker, smuggled a bottle of Grey Goose vodka into his hospital room. Apparently, it paired well with the steak Baker had delivered from Morton’s,” Bush told the crowd to laughter.

“To his very last days, Dad’s life was instructive. As he aged, he taught us how to grow with dignity, humor, and kindness, and when the good Lord finally called, how to meet him with courage and with the joy of the promise of what lies ahead,” Bush added.

Bush then told the crowd about how his father served in World War II and what some of his favorite hobbies were.

“He was a genuinely optimistic man, and that optimism guided his children and made each of us believe that anything was possible,” Bush said. “Dad taught us that public service is noble and necessary, that one can serve with integrity and hold true to the important values like faith and family.”

“He strongly believed that it was important to give back to the community and country in which one lived. He recognized that serving others enriched the giver’s soul. To us, his was the brightest of the thousand points of light,” Bush continued.

Bush then described the last conversation he had with his father before he passed away.

“Last Friday, when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him. The guy who answered the phone said, “He — I think he can hear you, but he hasn’t said anything for most of the day,” Bush said. “I said, “Dad, I love you, and you’ve been a wonderful father.” And the last words he would ever say on earth were, “I love you, too.”

“To us, he was close to perfect. But not totally perfect. His short game was lousy,” Bush joked. “He wasn’t exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor. The man couldn’t stomach vegetables, especially broccoli.”

“In his old age, Dad enjoyed watching police show reruns, the volume on high. All the while, holding Mom’s hand. After Mom died, Dad was strong, but all he really wanted to do was hold Mom’s hand again,” Bush said.

“When the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States, a diplomat of unmatched skill, a commander-in-chief of formidable accomplishment, and a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor,” Bush told the crowd.

“So 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 for. And in our grief, let us smile, knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again,” Bush concluded fighting back tears.

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