George W. Bush reveals father's 'last words on Earth' during his emotional eulogy
Former President George W. Bush delivered a beautiful eulogy at his father's funeral and couldn't help but shed some tears during the 12-minute speech.
The 43rd President of the U.S. paid tribute to George H. W. Bush on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the National Cathedral in Washington.
As it can be seen in a video being shared online, Bush broke down in the middle of his speech, which reflected how deep the bond between father and son was.
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Video and full transcript of George W. Bush’s eulogy for his father during a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral https://t.co/klM8Dx3r55— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 6, 2018
This was the second time Bush had to say goodbye to one of his parents, after losing his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, earlier this year.
"The best father a son or daughter can have. And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom's hand again."
George W. Bush, NBC News, December 5, 2018
"We're going to miss you. ... In our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.” Read former President George W. Bush's full eulogy for his father, former President George H.W. Bush. https://t.co/dZpBxIqKHE pic.twitter.com/1p6ARov6e7— CNN (@CNN) December 5, 2018
A MAN OF INTEGRITY
During the eulogy, the 72-year-old recalled some of his father's best qualities, including his empathic personality and value of 'character over pedigree.'
According to the grieving son, Bush Sr. was able to see the good in every person, something that not everyone can do, and was a man who loved to laugh, including at himself.
A SOCK-LOVER WAR HERO
The late 94-year-old was remembered as a simple man who had his quirks, including his love for colorful and extravagant socks, as well as his 'hatred of a certain vegetable,' as Bush put it, referring to broccoli.
Bush Sr, who passed away on Friday, November 30, was a known war veteran who served his country not only while he was in office, between 1989 and 1993, but also during World War II as a Navy aviator.
"The best father a son or daughter can have."
But, aside from being a great patriot, he was a great father who loved his children very much. While speaking to the crowd, Bush revealed that his father's last words were 'I love you too,' a symbol of how much they cared for one another.
While Bush's eulogy was beautiful, the same can't be said about Donald and Melania Trump's arrival at the funeral service, which caused a lot of tension between them, the Obamas and the Clintons.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump take their seats in the Washington National Cathedral.— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) December 5, 2018
Handshakes from Barack and Michelle Obama, but no greeting from Bill and Hillary Clinton. https://t.co/YsVdNOQqBj#Bush41 pic.twitter.com/975HSqLOSs
After reaching their seats in the front row, the First Couple greeted Barack and Michelle Obama, but Trump refused to acknowledge Bill and Hillary. Melania shook the Former President's hand and waved at his wife, who simply replied with a seemingly annoyed nod.