WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush delivered an emotional eulogy about his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at a state funeral service on Wednesday.
“Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. 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 have,” Bush said while struggling to fight back tears.
Bush said his father taught him “what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.”
Bush said of father’s legacy: “When the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States.”
As Bush concluded his eulogy, he became choked up. The mourners at Washington National Cathedral applauded in support as he returned to his seat.
Three others who eulogized the 41st president were presidential historian John Meacham, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.). All were handpicked by the late Bush. Their remarks were sprinkled with humor as well as touching stories recounting Bush’s sense of humor and humility.
Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter attended the ceremony and sat besides their wives in the front row, next to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.