Transcript for Former Canadian PM: Bush was 'resolute and brave'
Do you remember weren't more. The summer and Lester. Teenage years he and turned twenty. I was working as a laborer. In my home town of northern Quebec. Trying to make enough money and get back in the law school. It was a tough job but I was safe and secure and had the added benefit. Of my mother's home cooking every night. On September 2. 1944. So you just turned so eloquently from John. Twenty year old lieutenant George Bush was preparing to attack. Japanese were installations. In the Pacific. He was part of encourages generation of young Americans. Who led the charge against overwhelming involves. In the historic and bloody battle for supremacy in the Pacific. Against the colossal all military might imperial Japan. That's what George Bush. This summer he turned twenty. Many men of different talents and skills. Have served as president. And many more will do so what's the decades unfold. Bringing new strength and glory to these United States of America. And 5200 years should now. As historians reviewed your accomplishments and the context. Of all who have served as president. I believe. It will be said that in the life of this country. The United States. Which is. In my judgment. The greatest democratic. Republic that god has ever placed on the faces. I believe it will be set that no occupant of the Oval Office. Was more courageous. More principled. And more vulnerable. Than George Herbert Walker Bush. George Bush was amendment. The high accomplishments. The also had a delightful since you. And was a lot of fun. At his first NATO meeting in Brussels. As the new American president. He said ought to. Yeah actually. De. George was taking copious notes you. As the heads of government shall. We were all limited in time. But you know. It's very flattering to have the president instincts. Take notes as you speak. At either someone as modest as being. Through in a few more adjectives here and there. To extend the pleasure of the experience. After president meets. Prime minister Thatcher and chancellor Kohl at school. It was sure to turn the prime minister published. Who as President Bush continued to write. It all. And on. At all and the wrong. Andy only when the Secretary General Mitchell. Firmly that created content. George put down this. Well over convenience of I just look. The fundamental principle of undernourished listeners. As to what's that charge he says. The smaller the country the longer speech. In the second year of the bush presidency. Responding to an implacable pressures from the Reagan and bush administrations. The Soviet Union imploded. The fish was in my judgment would be most epochal events political of the twentieth century. An ominous situation could become extremely menace to world security. Was instead definitely challenged by the leadership of President Bush. And the broad and powerful currents of freedom. Providing the Russian people with the opportunity to build an embryonic. Democracy. In the country. That have been ruled by far the tyrants for over a thousand years. And then as the Berlin Wall collapsed soon thereafter. And calls for freedom. Cascaded across central and Eastern Europe leaving dictators and dogma. In the trash can of history. No child. No child. Assume greater importance for western solidarity. And the unification of Germany. Within an unswerving NATO. The role fears in Western Europe and unrelenting hostility by the military establishment. In the Soviet Union and the Warsaw pact. Rendered this initiative among the most complex and sensitive. Ever undertaken. One serious this. And this entire process could have been compromised. Perhaps irretrievably. There's obviously. No more knowledgeable were competent judge what really happened. At this most vital juncture of the twentieth century than chancellor. Helmut Kohl. Of Germany. In his speech to a parliamentary commission. Of the Boone just. Chancellor Kohl. Said categorically. That this historic initiative of German reunification. Could never ever. Have succeeded without the brilliant leadership. The President Bush. Much has been written the book the first gulf war. Simply put the coalition of 29. Disparate nations. Assembled under the aegis of the United Nations. Including for the first time. Many influential Arab countries. And led by the United States. Will rank with the most spectacular and successful international initiatives ever undertaken in modern history. Designed to punish an aggressor defend the cause of freedom and ensure order in the region but it seemed too much of the office. For far too well. This. Was President Bush's initiative. From beginning to end. President Bush was also responsible. For the North American Free Trade Agreement. Recently modern rise and improve to find new administration's. Which created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world. While also hall signed into law the Americans with disabilities act. Which transformed the lives of millions and millions of Americans. Forever. President Bush's decision to go forward with strong environmental legislation. Including the clean air that resulted in the acid rain accord with Canada. Is a splendid gift to future generations. Of Americans and Canadians to safer. In the air they breathe the water they drink. The forests they enjoy and the lakes. Rivers and streams they church. There's a word for this. It's called leadership. Leadership. Let me tell you. When George Bush was president of the United States of America. Every single head of government in the world. Knew that they were dealing with the gentleman. A genuine leader one who was distinguished. He resolute. And break. I don't keep a diary but. Occasionally I rated private schools after important personal or professional events. One occurred at Walker's point in Kennebunkport Maine and September 2. 2000. Neil and I had been spending your traditional. Labor Day weekend with George and Barbara. Towards the end here. And a long private conversation. My notes. Capture the moment. I told George show I thought his mood shifted. Over the last eight years. From a series of frustrations and moments of despondency. In 1993. To the high enthusiasm. But I felt. That the issue soon launch of the presidential library. George w.'s election. As governor in November of that year. To the delight following old Jeb selection 1998. Followed by their great pride and pleasure. With George W selection for the presidency. And perhaps most importantly. The serenity. We found today. In both Barbara and George. They are truly at peace for themselves. Joy this is what Brady and the children had achieved. Gratified by the goodness that god. Has the shoulder on the at all. And generally content. But the thrill and promise. Each passing day. That. George and cheers and sizes of those folks. In O'Brien. You've got us peg just right. And the roller coaster of emotions. We've experienced since. 1992. Come with me. He let me down the porch walkers point the side of the host of fronts the ocean. And pointed to a small simple black. That had been on the crucible be installed just some days earlier. It read. See me be you. George said Brian. This stands for ceiling. And visibility unlimited. When I was terrified. Eighteen to nineteen year old pilot. In the Pacific. Fill those school those were the words. We hope to hear before takeoff. If that perfect life. And that's the way I feel put our late today. CC DU. Everything is perfect. Bar and I could not that I asked for better lives. We are truly have. And truly at peace. As I looked over the waters. Of Walker's point. And that cooled in. September afternoon in me. I was reminded of lions simple and true. But speak to the real nature of George Bush and his love of this wonderful. And pressure surroundings. There are wooden ships. Personal relationships. Partnerships that sale of the city. But the best trips. Our friendships. And they they always. For prime minister candidate Brian Mulroney. Remembering is friend George H. W. Bush.
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