George W. Bush eulogizes his father through tears, laughter

The eldest son of George H.W. Bush spoke about his father during a service at Washington National Cathedral.
13:05 | 12/05/18

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And now. The 43 pres United States will honor the 41. His father. Distinguished guests. Including our presidents and First Lady was. Government officials foreign dignitaries. And friends. Jeb Neil Marvin girl and I and our families. Thank you all for being here. I once heard is said a man that the idea. Is to die young. As late as possible. At age 85 favorite past time of George H. W. Bush. Was firing up his boat the fidelity. And opening up to 3300. Horsepower engines to fly. Joyfully fly. Across the Atlantic were to Secret Service boats straining to keep. At age nine and. George H. W. Bush parachuted out of an aircraft. And landed on the grounds of same hands by the scene Kennebunkport Maine. The church where his mom was married and where he warship Boston. More like to say he chose a location. Just in case the shoes didn't know. And as my news. He took great delight. When his closest pal James A baker. Smuggled a bottle of grey goose vodka into his hospital room. Apparently a pair well with the state baker had delivered from Morton's. Do his very last days dad's life was instructive. As he aged he taught us how to grow which dignity humor and kindness. And when the good lord finally called have a meeting with courage. And with the joy of the promise of what lies ahead. One reason there who had a darn young isn't he almost did it. Twice. When he was a teenager a staph infection nearly took his life. Few years later he was alone in the Pacific on a life raft. Praying that his rescuers would finding before the enemy do. God answered those prayers. It turned out he had other plans for George H. W. Bush. For dance part I think those brushes with death meeting cherish the gift of life. And he vowed to live every day to the fullest. There was always busy. A man and constant motion. But never too busy this year is a level of life with those around him. He taught us to love the outdoors. He loved watching dogs flush your country. He'll. Landing the elusive strike her. And once confined to a wheelchair he seemed happy sitting in his favored courage. On the back porch at Walker's point contemplating the majesty of the Atlantic. They're horizons she saw were bright and hopeful. He was a genuinely optimistic man. And that optimism guided his children and made each of us believe. That anything was possible. He continually broaden his horizons would carry decisions. Is a patriot. After high school he put college on hold and became a navy fighter pilot as World War II broke out. Like many of his generation he never talked about his service. And kill his time as a public figure forced his hand. We learned of the attack on Chichi jima the mission completed. This year did. We learned of the death of his crewmates. Whom he thought about throughout his entire life. And we learned of the rescue. And then another audacious decision. He moved his young family from the comforts us the East Coast. To Odessa texts. He and mom adjusted to their error surroundings quickly. Is a tolerant man. After all he was kind of neighborly to the women with whom he mom and I shared a bathroom and are small duplex. Even after you earn their profession. Ladies of the night. There could relate to people from all walks of life. He was an empathetic man. He valued character over pedigree. And he was no senate. He looked for the good and each person. And he usually founded. They're Protestant public services noble and necessary. That one can serve with integrity. And hold true to the important values. Like faith and family. He strongly believe that it was important to give back to the community and country in which one lived. He recognized as serving others in rich to give her soul. To us I. He is with the brightest have a thousand points of life. In victory share credit. When he lost he shouldered the blame. He accepted that failure is a part of living a full life. But taught us never to be defined by failure. He showed it's just setbacks can strengthen. None of his disappointments can compare with one of life's greatest tragedies. The loss of a young child. Jeff and I were too young to remember the pain and agony he and mom felt when her three year old sister died. We only learned later. That dead a man of quiet saves prayed for her daily. He was sustained brother lover the almighty. And the real and enduring a lever for mom. Dad always believed that one day he would hug as precious Robben again. He loved to laugh. Especially at himself. He could tease a needle but never out of malice. He placed great value on a good job. Story Joe Simpson to speak. On email he had a circle of friends with whom he sure to receive the latest jokes. His greatest system for the quality of the joke was classic George Bush. The rare sevens NH were considered huge winners. Most of Moscow. George Bush and had to be a true and loyal friend. He nurtured and honored many his many friendships with a generous in giving soul. They're just thousands of handwritten notes encouraging or sympathizer or thanking his friends and acquaintances. He had an enormous capacity to give of himself. Many of person would tell you that dad became a mentor. And a father figure and her life. He listened to any console. He was their friend. I think it Don Roche Taylor Blanton Jim Nance Arnold Schwarzenegger. And perhaps the unlikeliest of all the man who defeated and Bill Clinton. My siblings and I refer to the guys this group a vast. Brothers from other mothers. He taught us that a day it was not meant to be wasted he. Play golf and he legendary pace. I was wonder why I insisted on speed go off. Is a good golfer. Well here's my conclusion he played fast and he can move onto the next event. To the enjoy the rest of the day. To expand his enormous energy. To live at all. He was born with just to set a news. Full throttle. Densely. Tell us what it means to be a wonderful father grandfather and great grandfather. He was firm and its principals and supportive as we began to seek our own ways. He and Kurds and comfort did but never steered. We tested his patients. I know I didn't. But he always responded with a great gift of unconditional love. Last Friday when I was told he had minister live. I call that. The guy answered the phone city. I think you can hear you but he hadn't set the thing for most of the day. I said dad I'm lucky you've been a wonderful father. And the last words he would never say on earth were. I love you too. Jesse was close to perfect. But not totally perfect. His short game was a lousy. He won exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor. The man couldn't stomach vegetables. Especially broccoli. And brother where you pass these. Genetic defects along to us. Finally every day of the 73 years of marriage dad taught us all what it means to be a great husband. He married his sweetheart. He would order he laughed and cried with terror. He was dedicated to never totally. In his old age dad enjoyed watching police showed reruns. The volume on. Try. All the while holding his mom's hand. After mom died there were strong but only really wanted to do was hold mom's hand again. Of course dad taught me another special less and he showed me what it means to be a president who served with integrity leaves with courage and acts would love in his heart for the citizens of our country. When they history books are written. They will say that George H. W. Bush. Was a great president of the United States. The diplomat about mass scale. A commander in chief a formidable accomplishment. And a gentleman who actually hated to duties of his office with the dignity and honor. In his inaugural address the 41 president of the United States says this. We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car bigger bank account. We must hope you give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend a loving parent. A citizen who leaves his home his neighborhood and town better than he found it. What do we want to men and women who work for justice saved when we are no longer there. That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us. Or that we stop to ask deficit child had gotten better and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship. What dad we're gonna remember you for exactly that and much more and we're gonna mission. Your decency sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. So through our tears let us know the blessings. Knowing and loving you. Are great and noble man. The best father served her daughter get ahead. In her grief. Let us smile knowing that dad this garden rob. And holding mom's hand again.

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