On Wednesday, former President George W. Bush delivered an emotional eulogy at George H.W. Bush’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
After extolling the 41st president for his service to the country and for being a role model as a father, grandfather, and husband, Bush spoke of the moment when he discovered that his father only has several minutes to live.
“Last Friday when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him,” Bush said. “I said ‘Dad, I love you and you’ve been a wonderful father.”
Then, younger Bush said that his father’s “last words were: ‘I love you too.'”
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Bush managed to make both himself and mourners laugh, while sharing memories of his father’s life, and cry, when speaking of the what his parents went through when they lost their child. He eventually broke down in tears as he concluded his eulogy, expressing how his father will be remembered.
“We’re going to miss you, your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. So through our tears, let us know our blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man. The best father a son or daughter could ask.”
Emotions overcame the 43rd president as he took a moment to compose himself.
At the end, he indicated that he took comfort in knowing that late George W. H. Bush is now reunited with his wife Barbara, who passed away in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at the age of 3.
“And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again,” Bush concluded.
Former President George W. Bush
chokes up as he delivers last words of eulogy for his father.
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