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Canadian Prime Minister Has Audience Roaring with Story about H.W. Bush at Funeral

On Wednesday, the nation bade farewell to George H.W. Bush who was celebrated with high praise and loving humor as participants at the Washington National Cathedral remembered the 41st president’s sense of humor during his presidency.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, whose term in office overlapped Bush’s,  spoke of the late president’s service at the office and his “delightful sense of humor,” adding that he was “a lot of fun.” He paid tribute to his friend with a eulogy that made the audience both laugh and cry.

“At his first NATO meeting in Brussels, as the new American president…George was taking copious notes as the heads of government spoke. You know, it’s very flattering to have the president of the United States take notes as you speak,” said Mulroney.

“And even someone as modest as me threw in a few more adjectives here and there to extend the pleasure of the experience.”

“After [French] President Mitterrand, [British] Prime Minister Thatcher, and [German] Chancellor Kohl had spoken, it was the turn of the prime minister of Iceland, who as President Bush continued to write, went on and on and on and on, ending only when the secretary of NATO firmly decreed a coffee break,” Mulroney continued.

“George put down his pen, walked over to me and said, ‘Brian, I’ve just learnt the fundamental principle of international affairs.”

“I said, ‘What’s that, George?’” Mulroney recounted.

“He said, ‘The smaller the country, the longer the speech,” said Mulroney.

When George Bush was President of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one was that was established, resolute and brave,” Mulroney said at another part of his eulogy.

“I believe it will be said that in the life of this country … no occupant of the Oval Office was more courageous, more principled and more honorable than George Herbert Walker Bush,” said Mulroney, while former presidents Obama, Clinton, and Carter, as well as their respective wives were seating in the front row.

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