President George H.W. Bush funeral: Full ceremony from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

CATHEDRAL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY >> I DON’T WANT US TO GET BOILED DOWN BY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON TODAY BUT MANY OF US AND MANY POLITICIANS ARE TALKING ABOUT HIS WAY WITH A SENSE OF NOSTALGIA THAT THIS IS REALLY HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TOO >> THAT IS TRUE THEY ARE ALMOST TALKING ABOUT IT AS A BYGONE ERA THAT DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE BUT IN THAT INTERVIEW AND THE OTHER THINGS THAT I HAVE SEEN, THE BUSHES, THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE STILL PROVIDING SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND IT IS NOT COMPLETELY GONE THERE IS AN ARGUMENT THAT OTHER POLITICIANS GAVE UP A LIFE STYLE AS IF IT IS A SHORE OR SOMETHING THAT IS ASACRIFICE AND THESE INDIVIDUALS SAW IT AS A MORAL OBLIGATION, NOT A SACRIFICE GEORGE H.W BUSH, A CHILD OF PRIVILEGE WHO DID NOT HAVE TO SERVE IN WORLD WAR II HE CHOSE TO SUV AS DID MANY PRESIDENTS THAT CAME BEFORE HIM JOHN F. KENNEDY SERVED IN WORLD WAR II, ALSO THE SON OF A VERY SIGNIFICANT FAMILY >> JUST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW AS WE KNOW BACK AND FORTH, WE ARE LOOKING AT BLARE HOUSE WHERE MEMBERS OF THE BUSH FAMILY ARE DEPARTING PLAYER HOUSE GETTING READY TO HEAD TOWARDS THE CATHEDRAL >> FRANKLIN ELNORROOSEVELT, HIS COUSIN WAS PRESIDENT THE FAMILY HAD SPENT DECADES SERVING IN THE GOVERNMENT THE ROCKEFELLERS DID IT IS NOT JUST — I KNOW THAT WE GET NOSSTALGIC AND WE SAY I WISH THAT IT WAS LIKE THAT STILL IT IS STILL LIKE THAT BUT SOMETIMES IT GETS BLURRED IN THE NATIONAL DISCOURSE >> I AGREE WITH YOU AND THE FACT THAT WE ARE SPEAKING ABOUT GEORGE H.W BUSH IN SUCH GLOWING TERMS, THERE IS AN AWARENESS THAT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE TO EMULATE THAT THERE ARE AREMANY MEN AND WOMEN WHO STILL ADHERE TO THIS AND ADMIRE THE WAY HE CONDUCTED POLITICS AND IT IS NOT LIKE HE WASN’T A POLITICIAN THERE ARE OBSERVERS OUT THERE THAT WILL TELL YOU THAT AT TIMES HE SAID ONE THING AND DID ANOTHER AT TIMES, HE HAD ROBUST CLASHES WITH POLITICAL OPPONENTS BUT STILL, THE OVERRIDING FEELING ABOUT HIS TENURE AND MORE THAN HIS TENURE, ABOUT THE MAN WAS THAT HE WANTED TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY TO THE FULLEST CAPACITY OF HIS — AS MUCH AS HE WAS CAPABLE OF DOING, EVEN AFTER HE LEFT OFFICE >> HE WAS A COMPETITOR, OF COURSE HE WAS ANYONE WHO RISES TO THE LEVEL OF PRESIDENCY, LET’S NOT IMAGINE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON THAT WAS TOUGH AND ABOUT WINNING ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN ABOUT WINNING AND THAT’S HOW THEY GOT THERE YOU CAN LOOK ALT HIS LEGACY AND POINT TO MOMENTS WHERE IF YOU DISAGREED WITH HIS POLICIES, HE FAILED THERE ARE MANY THINGS YOU CAN POINT TO BUT NO ONE IN ALL OF THE TRIBUTES THAT I HAVE READ AND ALL THE WORDS I HAVE HEARD FROM REPORTERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS, PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM, NO ONE EVER SAYS THAT THEY EVER DOUBTED HIS SINCERITY IN DOING WHAT WAS RIGHT FOR THE COUNTRY AND WHAT WAS RIGHT FOR HIS FAMILY I THINK THAT IS WHAT HE LEAVES BEHIND AND THAT IS WHAT MANY PEOPLE WILL BE MOURNING AND ALSO CELEBRATING AS WE LOOK AT THE INDIVIDUALS STREAMING IN INTO THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL WE HAVE SEEN JOHN BOLTON GOING IN EARLIER WE SAW COLLIN POWELL AND CONDOLEEZZA RICE THIS WILL BE INTERESTING WHEN WE SEE THE FORMER PRESIDENTS I DON’T THINK ANYONE HAS EYES ON FORMER PRESIDENTS AT ALL WE EXPECT JIMMY CARTER IN ATTENDANCE, BILL CLINTON AS WELL AS HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, AND OF COURSE BARACK AND MISHALLY OBAMA AND — MICHELLE OBAMA AS WELL AS THE CURRENT PRESIDENT AND MELANIA >> AND IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL BE SINCE THE INAUGURATION WITH SO MANY FORMER PRESIDENTS A LOT HAS HAPPENED AND THERE IS A LOT OF WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE THERE IS MICHELLE O BUM — OBAMA’S BOOK IN WHICH SHE CLEARLY EXPRESSES HER FEELINGS ON THE PRESIDENT WE KNOW THAT THE CURRENT PRESIDENT DOES NOT ENJOY A FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP WITH MANY OF THE OTHER PRESIDENTS UNLIKE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS WHO HAVE TALKED AND MADE PHONE CALLS AND SHARED ADVICE THAT DOESN’T REALLY HAPPEN IN THIS CASE SO A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE WATCHING THE OTHER THING THAT IS DIFFERENT IS THAT IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR THE CURRENT

PRESIDENT TO EULOGIZE THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS PASSED AWAY THAT IS NOT HAPPENING AWAY NOW YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY, GEORGE W. BUSH WAS A PRESIDENT AND HE WILL BE EULOGIZING HIS OWN FATHER AS WELL AS SOME OTHERS AND SO THAT IS PERHAPS THE REASON THAT JEB BUSH PUT FORWARD BUT IT IS SORT OF BREAKING THE TRADITION >> I SHOULD POINT OUT THAT WE ARE SEEING VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE — AND THAT IS ALAN SIMPSON THERE TALKING TO THE VICE PRESIDENT WHAT IS INTERESTING TO YOUR POINT ABOUT WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, REALLY FASCINATING BY NOW IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT GEORGE H.W BUSH VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON IN THE 2016 ELECTION SHE SAID ONE OF THE TIMES SHE SPOKE TO HIM THAT THE 41ST PRESIDENT DID NOT HAVE A LOT OF NICE WORDS TO SAY ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT’S HOW HE FELT PERSONALLY ABOUT THE MAN HOW HE FEELS ABOUT THE OFFICE AND THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING TODAY HE BELIEVES AS MANY OTHERS HAVE SAID THIS IS BIGGER THAN AN INDIVIDUAL THIS IS BIGGER THAN A BEEF YOU MAY HAVE WITH ME OR THAT MY SONS MAY HAVE WITH YOU IT IS BIGGER THAN POLITICS THIS IS THE WAY IT IS DONE THIS IS THE DECK OREM THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEARS IN THIS COUNTRY AND HE WILL NOT BE THE ONE TO BRING THAT DECORUM SLIP AWAY >> WE ALL REMEMBER THAT THE CURRENT PRESIDENT WAS NOT AT BARBARA BUSH’S FUNERAL THE FIRST LADY WAS BUT THE BUSH FAMILY MADE IT A POINT A YEAR AGO TO INVITE DONALD TRUMP TO THIS FUNERAL THEY DID NOT WANT ANY FURTHER EROSION OR ANY EROSION OF THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE I’M SURE IT WAS THEY SDIND WANT IT TO BE — DIDN’T WANT IT TO BE A DISTRACTION CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IF THE PRESIDENT WASN’T THERE? AND THERE IS AL GORE TALKING WITH DICK CHENEY >> THAT IS A SIGHT YOU DON’T SEE OFTEN >> THERE IS A GREAT STORY OF GEORGE H.W BUSH CALLING HIM AFTER HE MADE HIS SECOND CONCESSION SPEECH AFTER IT WAS RULED THAT HE DID LOSE OUT TO GEORGE W. BUSH AND GEORGE H.W BUSH CALLED HIM BECAUSE HE KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO SUFFER A LOSS HE WAS A ONE-TERM PRESIDENT AND HE WAS POPULAR HEADED INTO THE ELECTION HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO GIVE AL GORE AN AT A BOY IF YOU WILL >> THAT IS A GRIT IMAGE — GREAT IMAGE THERE PEOPLE WILL VIOLENTLY DISAGREE WITH THE POLITICS OF THOSE VIS PRESIDENTS AND THAT IS OKAY ON 364 DAYS OF THE YEAR YOU CAN BE UPSET BUT AT THE FUNERAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, YOU PUT THAT ASIDE I KNOW THAT HAVING INTERVIEWED AL GORE, I KNOW HOW HE FEELS ABOUT DICK CHENEY AND YET, YOU CAN SEE THERE FOR THE CAMERAS AND I DON’T THINK IT WAS FOR THE CAMERAS, THEY WERE JUST HAVING A DISCUSSION OVER A MAN THAT THEY KNEW INTIMATELY >>> AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CLOSED AND THE COURTS ARE CLOSED AS WELL AS ALL POLITICAL — EVERYTHING POLITICS THERE WAS A LOOMING GOVERNMENT CLOSURE PUT OFF FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS SO WE CAN STOP AND HONOR PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W BUSH ♪ >>>S IN A CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT I’M NORAH O’DONNELL WITH JOHN DICKERSON AND GAYLE KING AND CBS NEWS CONTRIBUTOR BOB SCHEAFFER WE ARE HERE IN WASHINGTON WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER AMERICANS TO WITNESS THIS MORNING’S STATE FUNERAL FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH IT WILL BE A FUNERAL BEFITTING A WAR HERO THE 41st PRESIDENT DIED AT THE AGE OF 94 AT HIS HOUSTON HOME AND THE BUSH FAMILY IS LEAVING THE BLAIR HOUSE ACROSS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BEING LED BY THE FORMER PRESIDENT’S OLDEST SON PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND HIS WIFE LAURA HAS BEEN STAYING AT THE BLAIR HOUSE >> THEY ARE HEADED FROM THE

BLAIR HOUSE TO THE U.S. CAPITOL FOR A DEPART YUR CEREMONY WHERE THE LATE PRESIDENT LAY IN STATE MORE THAN 36 HOURS A LONG LINE OF WELL WISHERS THE WHOLE TIME CAME TO PAY FINAL RESPECTS TO HIS LIFE HE WILL BE HONORED WITH A 21-GUN SALUTE THEY WILL THEN ENTER THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, 20 MINUTES FROM THE KPOP THE FUNERAL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AT 11:00 EASTERN TIME JUST UNDER AN HOUR FROM NOW MORE THAN 3,000 GUESTS INVITED INCLUDING PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY, ALONG WITH ALL FOUR LIVING FORMER PRESIDENTS >> FOLLOWING THE SERVICE THE BUSHES WILL GO TO JOINT BASE ANDREWS WHERE THERE WILL BE A SHORT CEREMONY HONORING THE FORMER PRESIDENT THEN THEY WILL FLY TO JANT RESERVE AIR BASE IN HOUSTON ABOARD ONE OF THE PLANES USED AIR FORCE ONE IT WILL BE MR. BUSH’S FINAL JOURNEY TO HIS HOMETOWN >> AND THERE YOU SEE ONE OF THE MOTORCADES HEADING FROM THE CAPITOL, LOOKS LIKE BACK DOWN TO WASHINGTON WHERE THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IS AND THERE YOU SEE JARED KUSHNER AND IVANKA TRUMP ATTENDING MANY DIGNITIARIES THERE THERE HAVE BEEN A STEADY STREAM OF MOURNERS ENTERING ALL MORNING AND BIANNA GOLODRYGA IS THERE WITH CBS NEWS ANCHOR JEFF GLOR >> WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE BUSES PULL UP THROUGHOUT THE MORNING IT’S VERY BEFITTING OF THE BUSH FAMILY EVERYTHING PROMPT AND ON TIME IN SERVICE IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN A ABOUT AN HOUR THE 12th STATE FUNERAL FOR A PRESIDENT THERE WILL BE FOUR SPEAKERS GIVING EULOGIYS TODAY INCLUDING HIS OLDEST SON WE WILL HEAR FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN JON MEACHAM WHO SPENT FOUR YEARS WORKING ON HIS BIOGRAPHY ALAN SIMPSON HAS BEEN FRIENDS WITH THE FAMILY SINCE THE ‘SIXTH AND BRIAN MULRONEY WAS IN OFFICE WHILE MR. BUSH WAS IN OFFICE AND THEY USED TO FISH TOGETHER >> AS WE MENTIONED THERE ARE 3,200 PEOPLE ATTENDING THE SERVICE CAPACITY INSIDE THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IS SUPPOSED TO BE 3,000 SO IT WILL BE PACKED WE HAVE SEEN LONGTIME ESTABLISHMENT FIGURES LIKE DIG CHENEY, DEFENSE SECRETARY DURING MR. BUSH’S PRESIDENCY AND OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS DPLRGS INCLUDING COLIN POWELL AND CONDOLEEZZA RICE AND JOE BIDEN AND HIS WIFE ARRIVING A SHORT TIME AGO WE HAVE SEEN NON-POLITICAL FIGURES AS WELL INCLUDING PEYTON MANNING, THE GREAT PEYTON MANNING NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS OWNER BOB CRAFT IS HERE THERE ARE DIGNITIARY PRINCE CHARLES, KING ABDULLAH OF JORDAN APPEAR ANGELA MERKEL WHO WAS WORKING IN THE EAST GERMAN GOVERNMENT WHEN MR. BUSH WAS PRESIDENT A MERKEL SPOKESPERSON TWEET ADD PHOTO OF HER WITH MR. BUSH IN THE OVAL OFFICE WHEN THEY FIRST MET IN 1991 LOOK AT THAT >> YES >> I JUST SPOKE TO THE SECRET SERVICE IT WAS INTERESTING THEY SAID THEY’D BEEN WORKING OBVIOUSLY AROUND 24/7 TO COORDINATE THIS BUT THEY WERE GETTING CALLS UP UNTIL YESTERDAY FROM LEADERS AND DIGNITIARIES SAYING WE WANT TO COME AND THEY HAVE TO COORDINATE THAT >> IT’S A HIGH CLASS PROGRAM THAT YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS TO COME AND BID YOU FAREWELL >> IT IS AND THEY SAID THEY ACCOMMODATED EVERYONE THEY WERE ABLE TO HERE THE DAY HERE IN WASHINGTON IS — WELL, IN CONTRAST TO TWO DAYS AGO WHEN THE CASKET ARRIVED WHEN IT WAS UNSEASONABLY WARM AND SUNNY IT’S SEASONABLY COOL AND CLOUDY TODAY BUT IT’S IMPRESSIVE TO WATCH THE LONG LINE MUCH MOURNERS HERE IT’S A MOMENT >> IT IS YOU THINK ABOUT THE PHOTO OF ANGELA MERKEL THERE WITH THE PRESIDENT LAST WEEK SHE SAID THAT THE FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W BUSH WAS THE FATHER OF A REUNIFIED GERMANY, THE REAL IMPACT HE HAD ON A FLOEBL STAGE LET’S GO TO NANCY WHO IS AT THE CAPITOL WAITING FOR THE FUNERAL SERVICE TO GET UNDERWAY >> GOOD MORNING OVER ONE SHOULDER YOU SEE THE NAVY BAND HAS NOW MOVED INTO POSITION OVER OUR OTHER SHOULDER THE HEARSE CARRYING PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH HERE FROM THE CAPITOL TO THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL AND A LARGE FLEET OF BLACK CARS, A MOTORCADE HAS JUST PULLED UP THE EXTENDED MEMBERS OF THE BUSH FAMILY NOW GETTING OUT THEY WILL FLANK THE HEARSE AS THE CASKET OF THE 41st PRESIDENT IS CARRIED DOWN THE STEPS HERE AT THE EAST FRONT OF THE NAVY CAPITOL THE NAVY BAND WILL PLAY “HAIL TO THE CHIEF,” A 21-GUN SALUTE AND MEMBERS OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF

STAFF WILL SERVE HAS AN HONOR GUARD REALLY FITTING AND TWO DAYS OF HONORS WE HAVE SEEN AT THE U.S. CAPITOL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE STREAMING THROUGH THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA TO PAY RESPECTS, VERY SILENTLY WAITING, SOMETIMES THREE TO FOUR HOURS TO GET IN TO WITNESS A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY NORAH >> ALL RIGHT NANCY THANK YOU SO MUCH AS SOON AS THE CEREMONY BEGINS WE WILL GO BACK TO YOU THERE ON CAPITOL HILL I WANT TO ALSO MENTION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP WILL LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE SOON TO ATTEND PRESIDENT BUSH’S FUNERAL THE PRESIDENT TWEETED THIS MORNING THIS IS NOT A FUNERAL, THIS IS A DAY OF CELEBRATION FOR A GREAT MAN WHO HAS LED A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED LIFE HE WILL BE MISSED WEIJIA JIANG IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE GOOD MORNING STWROO >> GOOD MORNING ABNORAH AND EVERYBODY WE EXPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND MRS. TRUMP TO LEAVE HERE ANY MINUTE NOW BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY SPENT TIME WITH THE BUSH FAMILY, VISITING YESTERDAY AT THE BLAIR HOUSE ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE THEY GOT A WARM GREETING FROM FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND FORMER FIRST LADY LAURA, WHO ALSO MENTIONED ON INSTAGRAM GRATITUDE FOR MRS. TRUMP FOR EARLIER WELCOMING THE SBAR FAMILY TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND LOOKING AT THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS THEY CERTAINLY EXCHANGED THE WARMTH AND EARLIER THIS WEEK THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. TRUMP WENT TO THE CAPITOL TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO PRESIDENT BUSH AS HELY IN STATE, REALLY FROM THE MOMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP LEARNED OF MR. BUSH’S PASSING HE HAS SHONE GREAT DEFERENCE AND NOTHING BUT, PROMPTLY CANCELLING A PRESS CONFERENCE PICKING UP THE PHONE TO CALL SONS AND PUTTING ASIDE WHAT HAS BEEN A CONTENTIOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BUSH FAMILY BUT IT’S ACTUALLY MRS. TRUMP WHO STARTED THAT YOUING THAT OVER THE SUMMER WHEN SHE ATTENDED THE FUNERAL FOR FOREMAN FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH AND TOLD HER HUSBAND HOW GRACIOUS THE BUSH FAMILY WAS SO THEY PUT ASIDE ANY CONFLICTS THEY HAVE TO REALLY TRULY RESPECT WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY NORAH >> ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT WEIJIA, THANK YOU WE LOOK BACK INSIDE THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL YOU JUST SAW JIMMY CARTER, AS WELL AS FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE THIS IS GOING TO BE QUITE A STATE FUNERAL HERE TODAY AS THIS IS ALL FIVE LIVING PRESIDENTS WILL BE THERE TOGETHER, MANY WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY FOR DECADES IN THEIR OWN RIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE 41st PRESIDENT THIS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE THE FIRST TIME SINCE LYNDON JOHNSON’S DEATH IN 1973 A PRESIDENT PRESIDENT WAS NOT TAPPED TO EULOGIZE A LATE PRESIDENT WE WILL NOT HEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKED TO BOB SCHEAFFER IS HERE AND EVEN THOUGH MANY MEMBERS OF THE TRUMP FAMILY ARE THERE AND THE BUSHES INVITED THEM THIS HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS A WHILE, IT IS AN UNUSUAL RELATIONSHIP >> IT IS AND CAN UNDERLINES HOW UNUSUAL IT HAS BEEN WHEN PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH SHOOK HANDS YESTERDAY WITH DONALD TRUMP, IT WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT THE TWO MEN HAD EVER MET, THE FIRST THEY HAD EVER SHAKEN HANDS >> THIS PICTURE WE SEE RIGHT NOW YOU SEE LI SAY THEY NEVER MET BEFORE >> THEY NEVER MET UP UNTIL THIS TIME AND OF COURSE PRESIDENT BUSH WENT TO DONALD TRUMP’S INAUGURATION BUT THEY DIDN’T CROSS PATHS THERE >> EXTRAORDINARY >> AND LOOK, THIS IS AN EVOLUTION WE ARE GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS BIT BY BIT AND THE BUSH FAMILY WANTED GEORGE W. BUSH TO DELIVER THE EULOGY PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE A DRY EYE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHEN IT’S DONE BUT NOT HAVING PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAK IS PRIORITIZING THE PRESIDENT’S SON LET’S REMIND OURSELVES THAT JEB BUSH AND THE BUSH FAMILY REPRESENTED THE ESTABLISHMENT THAT DONALD TRUMP CHALLENGE ITS APPROACH TO POLITICS AND REPUBLICAN PARTY AND AGENDA ITEMS AND THE BUSH FAMILY DID NOT REACT WELL TO THE WAY THAT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT JEB BUSH THOSE THINGS ARE HARD TO OVERCOME IN POLITICS BUT AS MOMENTS LIKE THAT AS BOB SCHEAFFER AND EVERYONE HERE KNOWS, THE INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTH OF THE COUNTRY TAKES PRECEDENTS OVER WHAT SOMETIMES FEE FEELS LIKE PETTY POLITICAL DIFFERENCE WE SEE THAT MINUTE BY MINUTE, HOUR BY HOUR TODAY >> THAT’S THE REASON THIS SUMMER, EARLY IN THE SUMMER THE BUSH PEOPLE GOT IN CONTACT WITH THE TRUMP PEOPLE AND SAID THERE WILL BE NO SLAMS, THERE WILL BE NOTHING DEROGATORY ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP >> WE ALL NEED TO PREPARE IN >> WE NEED TO REMEMBER GEORGE H W. BUSH >> WE NEED TO PREPARE FOR THIS LET’S PREPARE AND STRUCTURE OURSELVES AND DEPORTMENT IN THE WAY THE NATION CAN TAKE CUES >> IT’S A GOD EXAMPLE FOR THE NATION

BECAUSE IT WAS SO CONTENTIOUS DURING THE CAMPAIGN, PETTY, MEAN, UNKIND AND THEY CAN SET THAT ASIDE AND SAY LISTEN, LET’S COME TOGETHER IT SENDS A POWERFUL MESSAGE I HOPE MANY PEOPLE LISTEN >> IT’S ALSO THE RIGHT THING TO DO >> IT IS BUT YOU KNOW BOB QUITE OFTEN PEOPLE DON’T DO THE RIGHT THING THESE DAYS THAT’S WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO SEE >> SPEAK NO ILL OF THE DEAD IS KIND OF THE BASIC THING YOU DO AS A HUMAN BEING AND IN THIS CASE IT HAS OBVIOUSLY A NATIONAL IMPLICATION >> THERE IS NOT ONLY POLITICAL ROYALTY THAT IS ARRIVING AT THE CATHEDRAL BUT ALSO KINGS AND QUEENS AND MEMBERS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT WE JUST SAW THE KING OF JORDAN, KING ABDULLAH AS WELL AS HIS WIFE THERE YOU SEE PRINCE CHARLES THERE AND HE IS TRAVELING IN PLACE OF HIS MOTHER, THE QUEEN AND WE SHOULD NOTE THAT PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE QUEEN DID HAVE A SPECIAL BOND IN FACT, THE QUEEN WAS THE FIRST MONARCH TO VISIT TEXAS IN 1991 AND SHE PUT OUT A STATEMENT SAYING SHE WAS SENDING HER BEST WISHES THAT SHE THOUGHT OF THEM WITH GREAT FONDNESS, THAT HE WAS A PATRIOT WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION >> AND ALL THE DIGNITIARIES TRACE US BACK TO THE GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH WHICH WAS TO HAVE LONG RELATIONSHIPS, THE CONSTANT TENDING OF CONNECTIONS HE HAD, BIG AND SMALL, THAT TESTIFIED TO THIS HUGE GROUP >> AND WE WANT TO SHOW YOU NOW WHAT IS THE EAST FRONT OF THE CAPITOL AND THE HEARSE THAT WILL CARRY OUR 41st PRESIDENT THROUGH WASHINGTON TO THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL AND THIS ENTIRE RITUAL HAS BEEN PLANNED WITH MILITARY PRECISION, DOWN TO THE SECOND IT IS A FUNERAL BEFITTING A WAR HERO, OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF THIS IS A MILITARY OPERATION EVERY SECOND PLANS >> WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE TIMING WHEN CONDOLEEZZA RICE WAS HERE EARLIER SHE SAID THE THING THAT BOTHERED HIM IS WHEN YOU WERE NOT LATE AND NOT ON TIME IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT ON THE DAY OF HIS FUNERAL IS GOES LIKE CLOCKWORK >> TRADITIONAL TRADITIONALLY HOWEVER A FORMER PRESIDENT’S BODY IS TRANSPORTED FROM THE BASE OF THE CAPITOL IN A FLAG DRAPED FOUR-WHEEL CASSON WE HAVE SEEN THAT I CAN RECALL THE IMAGE OF RONALD REAGAN GEORGE H. W. BUSH SAID NO HE WANTS A MOTORCADE >> LET ME DESCRIBE SOME OF THE THINGS JUST OUT OF EYE SHOT BUT NOTABLE NONETHELESS THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP, MITCH McCONNELL, NANCY PELOSI, PAUL RYAN, ALL GATHERED HERE ON THE EAST FRONT OF THE CAPITOL PLAZA WITH SPOUSES TO AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF MORE MEMBERS OF THE BUSH FAMILY AND TO STAND IN HONOR AS THE CASKET IS CARRIED DOWN THE CAPITOL STEPS OFF TO OUR LEFT, HUNDREDS OF CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS HAVE GATHERED WHERE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO STAND MOST OF THEM WERE STILL TODDLERS WHEN GEORGE H. W. BUSH WAS PRESIDENT BUT HERE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS AS WELL ON THE OCCASION OF HIS PASSING AND THEN BEHIND US WHAT APPEAR TO BE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAVE JUST GATHERED NEAR THE CAPITOL VISITORS CENTER IN FRONT OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO STAND WHERE THEY CAN TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THIS HISTORIC MOMENT AND IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING TO WATCH LAST NIGHT AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE GATHERED IT WAS 35 DEGREES OUTSIDE BUT WE SAW LARGER CROWDS THAN WE HAD IN THE PAST DAY AND A HALF AS WE HAD SEEN THE PICTURES ON TELEVISION OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS WALKING THROUGH THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA AND THEY WANTED A CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE AS WELL WE MET DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, YOUNG, OLD, SOMEONE FROM BOSTON, SOMEONE FROM SAN FRANCISCO WHO MADE THE JOURNEY, A WOMAN WHO CAME WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER VETERANS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO WERE GRATEFUL THAT PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH HAD SIGNED INTO LAW THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY’S ACT SAIRL FROM THE USS GEORGE H. W BUSH HERE REALLY A REMARKABLE CROSS SECTION OF AMERICAN LIFE PEOPLE WHO NEVER MET HIM, PEOPLE WHO MET HIM ONCE OR WORKED WITH HIM FOR DECADES, NORAH >> NANCY CORTES, THANK YOU AS WE SEE THERE MANY MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY AND ALSO AS REQUESTED, BY THE PRESIDENT, HE HAS ASKED THAT THE HONORARY PAL

BEARERS BE NAVY CAPTAINS AND OFFICERS FROM THE USS GEORGE H W. BUSH STRIKE GROUP >> IT’S INTERESTING YOU GET TO PLAN YOUR FUNERAL >> ONE OF THE PREROGATIVES >> ONE OF THE PREROGATIVES YOU GET TO PLAN WHO YOU WANT TO BE THERE AND WHO THEY SPEAK AND WHAT THEY DO >> NANCY MEMBERED THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS IN WASHINGTON WORD CIRCULATES WIDELY AND LASTS A LONG TIME ABOUT HOW A POLITICAL FIGURE TREATS THOSE AROUND THEM, HOW THEY TREAT STAFF WE HAD A PIECE ON EVENING NEWS LAST NIGHT DECEMBER OF 992 AS GEORGE HERBERT WALK ARE BUSH IS LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE FOR HIS STAFF, DEMORALIZED IN DEFEAT HE BRINGS DANA CARVY TO ENTERTAIN AND LIFT THEIR SPIRITS TO SHOW HOW MUCH HE APPRECIATED ALL THEY DID FOR HIM THAT SERVICE CREATES A MEMORY AND IT COMES AROUND AND PEOPLE HONOR IT >> I HEARD ANOTHER GREAT STORY WHEN A SPOUSE OF A AIDE WAS ILL HE WOULD SAY I’M GOING HOME SO THE AIDE COULD TEND TO HIS WHICH HAVE AFTER THEY LEFT HE WENT BACK TO WORK HE WANTED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW YOUR FAMILY IS IMPORTANT I’M OKAY AND YOU CAN GO HE WAS JUST SO THOUGHTFUL >> YOU KNOW, ANOTHER THING, HE WAS VERY CAREFUL, AS WAS GERALD FORD, TO ALWAYS MAKE SURE ON CHRISTMAS EVE THAT HE WOULD MAKE IT SO THAT THE SECRET SERVICE COULD STAND DOWN A LITTLE BIT THE REPORTERS- DSH THEY WOULD PUT A LID ON EVERYTHING HE WAS VERY RESPECTFUL OF PEOPLE’S FAMILIES AND HE WANTED THEM >> AND HIS FAMILY WAS OBVIOUSLY — >> YES >> — WAS SOMETHING OF GREAT PRIDE >> AND HERE WE SEE HIS FAMILY ARRIVING AT THE CAPITOL >> IF YOU THINK ABOUT — LOOK AT THAT OBVIOUSLY HISTORIANS WILL DEBATE HIS LEGACY FOR DECADES BUT THAT’S THE ONE THING THAT EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO AGREE ON, WAS THAT IT WAS HIS COMMITMENT NOT ONLY TO CIVILITY LIKE WE DISCUSSED BUT HIS FAMILY AND SERVICE AND THE FAMILY THAT FOLLOWED HIM INTO PUBLIC SERVICE I KNOW THAT BARBARA BUSH SAID ONE THINGS SHE WAS MOST PROUD OF WAS THAT THEIR CHILDREN, GRAND CHILDREN, GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ALL SHARE IN THE SAME COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE THE LEGACY WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, LEGACY AS PRESIDENT BUT HIS LEGACY LIVES ON AS WELL THROUGH HIS CHILDREN SFL THAT IS ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS, DORO BUSH AND HER HUSBAND, NEIL BUSH AND HIS WIFE MARIA BARBARA BUSH AND GEORGE H. W BUSH HAD SIX CHILDREN ROBIN DIED AT THE AGE OF 3 OF LEUKEMIA AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT CARTOON THAT HOPEFULLY THEY HAVE BEEN ALL REUNITED IN HEFEN >> 16 GRANDCHILDREN 8 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN >> WHEN IT CAME TO LEGACY HE SAID HIS GREATEST LEGACY — >> THERE IS JEB >> YES >> WAS THIS HIS KIDS CAME HOME TO SEE HIM HE SAID HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT WAS MARRYING BARBARA BUSH — OR BARBARA PIERCE >> RIGHT >> THE LONGEST MARRIAGE IN PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY 73 YEARS TALK ABOUT — THERE IS JAMES BAKER HIS BEST FRIEND WHO I GET CHOKED UP THINKING ABOUT RUBBING HIS FEET AT THE VERY FINAL MOMENTS THEY MET >> RIGHT UP TO THE END >> THEY MET UPON A TENNIS COURT HE WAS LOOKING FOR A TENNIS DOUBLE PARTNER AND THAT BOND LASTED A LIFETIME YOU KNOW THEM BOTH WELL >> THE REASON JIM BAKER WOUND UP IN WASHINGTON IS GEORGE BUSH GOT HIM TO COME TO WASHINGTON TO HELP HIM GET OVER THE DEATH OF HIS FIRST WAIVE HE SAID COME UP HERE I’LL PUT YOU TO WORK YOU WON’T HAVE TIME TO THINK SO MUCH ABOUT IT THAT’S HOW IT HAPPENED >> AND THERE IS THE 43rd PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH AND THE EXTENDED FAMILY THERE THEY’RE THERE AND THIS IS A SOLEMN PART OF THE CEREMONY, THE MOVEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT’S CASKET THE LAST TIME FROM THE U.S CAPITOL THAT’S MAJOR GENERAL HOWARD THERE WITH THE HAT ON HE IS IN CHARGE OF IN WHOLE THING IT IS 4,000 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN PLANNING ALL THE MOVEMENTS OF THIS INCREDIBLE SERVICE TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT AND LIKE I SAID EARLIER, IT’S A FUNERAL BEFITTING A WAR HERO EVERYTHING PLANNED TO THE SECOND >> AND WE KEEP COMING BACK TO THIS BUT HERE YOU HAVE ONE PRESIDENT WATCHING THE CEREMONIES FOR HIS FATHER, OF COURSE BUT FOR ANOTHER PRESIDENT I MEAN, THIS IS — THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHAT WE ARE WATCHING RIGHT NOW TO SEE THE 43rd PRESIDENT USHERING OUT THE 41st >> AND THEN TO HAVE THE SON EULOGIZE THE FATHER I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH MUST BE THINKING IT WAS A VERY TOUCHING SCENE YESTERDAY WHEN THE CASKET CAME, WAS CARRIED BY GEORGE BUSH >> IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT DAY >> YOU COULD SEE IT >> WHEN GEORGE W. BUSH, YOU COULD SEE IT IN HIS FACE TEARS COMING DOWN HIS FACE

>> LET’S PAUSE NOW TO LISTEN >> PRESENT! >> PRESENT! >> ARMS ♪ ♪ ♪ [ PLAYING “HAIL TO THE CHIEF” ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> AND WE HAVE JUST WITNESSED FULL OF ROUGHLES AND FLOURITIOUS, “HAIL TO THE CHIEF,” THE 21-GUN SALUTE AS WE WATCH THE 41st PRESIDENT’S CASKET CARRIED DOWN THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL >> NORAH, YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP AS THE FAMILY GETS IN THEIR VEHICLES TO FOLLOW BEHIND THE HEARSE HOW TOUCHING TO SEE THE 43rd OF

THE OF THE UNITED STATES, GEORGE W. BUSH SALUTE HIS FATHER’S CASKET AS IT WAS LOADED INTO THE HEARSE IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER HOW RARE WHAT WE WITNESSED REALLY IS HE IS ONLY THE 32nd PERSON TO LIE IN STATE HERE AT THE U.S CAPITOL IN AMERICAN HISTORY THE 11th PRESIDENT THE LAST GERALD FORD, BACK IN 2007 WHAT WE WITNESSED IS PART OF HISTORY >> AN INCREDIBLE PART OF HISTORY YOU WERE RIGHT TO POINT IT OUT AND A GLIMPSE OF FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH LOOKING OUT A PRESIDEN PRESIDENTIAL LIMO WITH LOOKING AT THE ANNE ONCE YOU INAUGURATE A NEW PRESIDENT, A HELICOPTER TAKES YOU AWAY FROM WASHINGTON THE LAST TIME >> FOR MANY YEARS IN OUR COUNTRY THE EAST FRONT IS WHERE THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OCCURRED BUT FOR PRESIDENT REAGAN FOR WHOM GEORGE H. W. BUSH WAS A VICE PRESIDENT HE WAS ON THE WESTERN SIDE HE WANTED TO LOOK OUT ON THE PEOPLE, THE PERSON PART, RATHER THAN THE SUPREME COURT THE CEREMONYUAL PART OF THE PLAFRM REMAINS >> HE KNEW IT WAS A BETTER PICTURE >> REALLY >> I DO LIKE HOW NANCY POINTED OUT WHAT WE WITNESSED WAS RARE AND UNUSUAL I’M THINKING ABOUT GEORGE W BUSH BECAUSE NOT ONLY AS A SON BUT AS A PRESIDENT FOR HIM IT’S PROFESSIONAL BUT ALSO PERSONAL TO KNOW THE LAST WORDS SPOKEN WERE BETWEEN FATHER AND SON WHEN HE SAID YOU HAVE BEEN A GREAT FATHER AND I LOVE YOU HIS DAD’S FINAL WORDS WERE I LOVE YOU TOO I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW POWERFUL THAT EXCHANGE WAS IT GIVES ME GOOSE BUMPS WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT AND HOW IMPORTANT FAMILY IS WE CAN TRAVEL GO TO WONDERFUL PLACES AND MEET WONDERFUL PEOPLE BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THAT TRULY TRULY MATTERS IS YOUR FAMILY TO BE LOVED AND TO LOVE THEM BACK IN RETURN >> AND THAT’S WHY I THINK WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE SERVICES AND THE GRAND EUR AND THE WORLD LEADERS, THIS IS A PRESIDENT SAYING GOODBYE TO A FORMER PRESIDENT BUT HE IS A SON SAYING GOODBYE TO HIS FATHER AND THE EMOTIONS OF REMEMBERING THE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, THE FIRST TIME — >> RIGHT >> THROWING A BASEBALL HE IS SAYING GOODBYE TO HIS FATHER THAT’S A UNIVERSAL THING THAT, YOU KNOW, EVERY SON, EVERY DAUGHTER, IT’S TERRIBLY DIFFICULT >> THE BUSH’S BOTH FATHER AND SON DIDN’T LIKE TO BE AS THEY SAY PUT ON THE COUCH >> NOT AT ALL >> THEY THOUGHT THE PRESIDENCY WAS AN OFFICE WHERE YOU LEFT ALL THAT EMOTION ASIDE AND YET THIS WILL BE THE MOST EMOTIONAL PROBABLY SPEECH THAT PRESIDENT BUSH HAS HAD TO GIVE SECOND GATES TOLD THE STORY ABOUT GEORGE H. W. BUSH RACING THROUGH A SPEECH BECAUSE HE WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT GETTING TOO EMOTIONAL IT’S HARD TO EULOGIZE A FATHER >> AND THE 41st PRESIDENT SAID AFTER THE FALL OF BERLIN WALL HE SAID I’M NOT AN EMOTIONAL GUY >> HOLDING THE HEART SIGN THERE >> HE GETS VERY EMOTIONAL AND IN FACT PRESIDENT GEORGE H W. BUSH’S DAUGHTER SAYS HE IS TRYING TO MAKE SURE HE DOESN’T CRY TODAY IS A NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CLOSED WE WILL SEE MANY PEOPLE LINING CONSTITUTION AVENUE AS THE HEARSE DRIVES BY >> AS WE SEE THE HEARSE LEAVING THE CAPITOL, TO YOUR POINT, JON MEACHAM, THE PRESIDENT’S BIOOGRAPHER SAID IN PRIVATE GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH WOULD WEEP IF THERE WAS DEW ON THE GROUND AT AT COUPLE INVITES FUNERAL GEORGE H. W. BUSH WAS SO OVERCOME HE HAD TO HAND OFF THE EULOGIY BECAUSE HE LOST HIS FRIEND >> AND THERE IN THE FRONT ROW, THE FRONT PEW, THE PRESIDENTIAL ROW, WHERE WE SEE OUR LIVING PRESIDENTS, ALL THERE EXCEPT FOR I BELIEVE GEORGE W. BUSH WHO CHOSE TO SIT WITH HIS FAMILY BARACK OBAMA, FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA THE CLINTONS AND THEN THE TRUMPS AND CARTERS ALL ON THAT ROW BIANNA GOLODRYGA AND JEFF GLOR ARE JUST OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL AND TELL US WHO WE HEAR FROM IN THE EULOGIYS INSIDE >> YOU KNOW WE WILL BE HEARING FROM THE FAMILY REVEREND, RUSSELL LEVINSON JUNIOR THE FAMILY REVEREND FROM HOUSTON WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE FAMILY FOR TEN YEARS AND THAT REALLY IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT

IT’S ABOUT FAMILY AND IT’S FITTING THAT YOU JUST SAID GEORGE W. BUSH IS GOING TO BE SITTING WITH HIS FAMILY, NOT WITH THE FORMER PRESIDENTS SO MUCH TIME IS SPENT ON THE FAMOUS FAMILY MEMBERS RIGHT, THE FAMOUS CHILDREN, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND GOVERNOR JEB BUSH THERE WERE MANY OTHER CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS THIS PRESIDENT WAS CLOSE WITH NEIL BUSH LIVED NEXT DOOR WITH HIS WIFE MARIA, RELATIVELY NEW TO THE FAMILY THEY QUICKLY TOOK HER IN I CAN TELL YOU THEY VISITED BOTH BARBARA AND GEORGE H. W. BUSH ON A DAILY BASIS, REALLY TAKING CARE OF THEM WE ARE HEARING FROM THE IRISH TENOR RONAN TINAN PCH HE WAS A DOUBLE AMPUTEE HE WAS WITH HIM THERE HE PASSED AWAY IN HIS FINAL MOMENTS SINGING HIS FAVORITE SONG, SILENT NIGHT AND HE WAS MOUTHING THE WORDS TO SILENT NIGHT IN THE FINAL MOMENTS WE WILL HEAR HIM DELIVER THE LORD’S PRAYER WE WILL HEAR FROM LAUREN BUSH LAUREN, SAT DOWN WITH NORAH YESTERDAY AND HER SISTER ASHLEY WALKER BUSH AND JENNA BUSH HAGER WILL BE READERS >> WE EXPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ARRIVE HERE SOON JEB BUSH WAS ASKED ABOUT RECENTLY WHY ISN’T THE CURRENT PRESIDENT DELIVERING THE EULOGY HE SAID GEORGE H. W. BUSH’S SON WAS PRESIDENT IT MAKES SENSE HE IS DELIVERING THE EULOGY AND ALSO SITTING WITH THE FAMILY TODAY AGAIN AS WE AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT BUT YOU JUST SAW THAT — THE LAIN — THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME ALL THESE FORMER PRESIDENTS HAVE BEEN TOGETHER SINCE THE TRUMP INAUGURATION IN 2017 WE WATCHED PRESIDENT OBAMA SITTING THERE, WHO OF COURSE AWARDED PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W BUSH THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM IN 2011 AND PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITED THE FORMER PRESIDENT JUST DAYS — JUST DAYS BEFORE HE PASSED I’VE ALSO BEEN STRUCK BY THESE — THE OLD PHOTO WE SAW, THE TWEET WE SAW OF ANGELA MERKEL, THE OUTGOING LEADER OF GERMANY, WHO HAD THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH GEORGE H. W BUSH THAT GOES BACK — AND I WAS STRUCK — WHAT SHE SAID AT THE G20 WAS BASICALLY I WON BE STANDING HERE AND IN THE POSITION I’M IN IN THIS WORLD IF IT WASN’T FOR HIS POLICIES IF IT WASN’T FOR WHAT GEORGE H W. BUSH DID, AND HIS SHEPHERDING AND STEWARDSHIP OF THE END OF THE COLD WAR BECAUSE AS THEY FIRST MET, ANGELA MERKEL WAS WORKING FOR EAST GERMANY AND NOT LONG AFTER THAT GERMAN >> THERE WON’T BE ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY IF WE GOT CLOSE FROM EVERY WORLD LEADER AND DIGNITIARY WHO PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH WORKED WITH, HELPED CHANGE THE WORLD WITH REALLY IN AN UNDERSTATED WAY WHICH WAS WITH HIS CHARACTER AS FOR WHAT WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE INSIDE THE OFFICIATING CLERGY WITH THE REVEREND RUSSELL LEVINSON JR RANDOLPH MARSHALL HOLRIKTP REVEREND CANON ROSEMARY DUNCAN THEN WE HEAR TRIBUTES FROM JON MEACHAM, THE CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND AND HIS HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR WHO WROTE THE BIOOGRAPHY OF GEORGE H. W. BUSH WE ARE HEARING FROM THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA AS WELL AS A SENATOR FROM WYOMING, ALAN SIMPSON LONGTIME FAMILY FRIEND FWAK TO THE ’60s AND THEN HEARING FROM GEORGE W BUSH WE TAKE IT NOW TO JEFF WHO IS ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE IT IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY ONE OF THE REASONS YOU SEE SO MANY PEOPLE PAYING TRIBUTE, INCLUDING THE POLICE OFFICERS AS THEY DRIVE BY NOW JEFF? >> AND HERE COMES THE PROCESSION THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINING THIS ROUTE ALONG PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, WE’RE AT 3th AND PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE REAGAN BUILDING OF COURSE PRESIDENT BUSH WAS RONALD REAGAN’S VICE PRESIDENT FOR EIGHT YEARS AND YOU HAVE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ALL DIFFERENT AGES WATCHING THIS PROCESSION COME THROUGH THEY’VE BEEN GATHERING MOST OF THE MORNING IN THE KORLD WEATHER THIS IS COLD BY WASHINGTON STANDARDS BUT THEY ARE HERE TO SEE HISTORYPY TALKED TO A WOMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HERE WITH HER HUSBAND ON ON A BUSINESS TRIP AND SHE IS AMONG THE CROWD HERE PAYING RESPECTS THIS IS HOW AMERICA TODAY IS SAYING GOODBYE TO PRESIDENT BUSH NORAH >> JEFF, THANK YOU AND AS THE PRESIDENTIAL

MOTORCADE MAKES ITS WAY WE SEE OUR FORMER PRESIDENTS, ALL FIVE LIVING PRESIDENTS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL YOU SEE PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHO ACTUALLY VISITED PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH ON NOVEMBER 27th IN HOUSTON THAT WAS JUST THREE DAYS BEFORE OUR 41st PRESIDENT PASSED AWAY AND IF YOU’VE LOOKED AT SOME OF THE REPORTING AND WHAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN JIM McGRATH PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH WAS VERY SICK THEN IN THE FINAL DAYS HE WAS NOT GETTING OUT OF BED >> PRESIDENT OBAMA BASICALLY DROPPED EVERYTHING TO GET DOWN THERE >> UM-HUM >> AND WHEN HE GAVE HIM THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM AT THE TIME HE SAID HIS LIFE IS A TESTAMENT THAT PUBLIC SERVICE A NOBLE CALLING A GOOD REMINDER >> GOOD TO SEE JIMMY CARTER AND ROSALIND CARTER AND ROSALIND HAS BEEN IN SOMEWHAT ILL HEALTH AND JIMMY CARTER SURVIVED MELLA NOMA THE AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ROW DAN KWAL OVER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SHORLD AND LYNN CHENEY OVER HILLARY CLINTON’S SHOULDER I THINK THAT’S JOE BIDEN >> YOU KNOW, BIANNA AND JEFF WERE TALKING ABOUT ANGELA MERKEL AND PRESIDENT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER’S STEWARDSHIP OVER THE COLD WAR LOOK AT THE ’92 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS WHERE PRESIDENT BUSH IS TRYING TO PUT IN CONTEXT THIS MOMENT AND HE SAYS THIS MUCH GOOD CAN COME FROM THE PRUDENT USE OF POWER AND MUCH GOOD COME FROM THIS A WORLD DIVIDED RECOGNIZES ONE SOUL REPREMMENT POWER THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE WORLD TRUSTS US WITH POWER APPEAR AND THE WORLD IS RIGHT TP THEY TRUST US TO BE FAIR AND RESTRAINED THEY TRUST US TO BE ON THE SIDE OF DECENCY THAT WAS THE PRESIDENT TRYING TO PUT THAT MOMENT IN CONTEXT, NOT JUST FOR THE COUNTRY, ALSO SEEKING RE-ELECTION BUT PUT THE MOMENT OF THE END OF THE COLD WAR AND AMERICA’S ROLE AND IN THE FUTURE IN CONTEXT >> YOU SEE NOW THE HEARSE CARRYING THE COFFIN OF THE PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH PASSING BY THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE HE SERVED EIGHT YEARS AS PRESIDENT AND FOUR YEARS AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE >> AND, AGAIN, WHERE HE VISITED HIS SON ON THE DAY OF HIS SON’S INAUGURATION THERE IS THAT FAMOUS PICTURE OF MR. PRESIDENT, MR. PRESIDENT WHEN THEY GREETED EACH OTHER IN THE OVAL OFFICE >> NORAH, YOU HAD A WONDERFUL INTERVIEW WITH W HE TALKED ABOUT WHAT HE LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER WOULD YOU SHARE THAT AGAIN I LOVE WHAT HE SAID ABOUT WHAT HIS FATHER TAUGHT HIM >> YOU KNOW, GEORGE W. BUSH IS NOT OFTEN KNOWN FOR BEING REFLECTIVE BUT HE WAS QUITE REFLECTIVE IN OUR CONVERSATION AND SAYING THAT MY FATHER TAUGHT ME IT WAS NOT A MISSION ABOUT GEORGE H. W. BUSH, THE PRESIDENCY IT WAS THE — THE OFFICE WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE MAN AND ANYONE WHO TAKES THAT OFFICE IS BOUND AND MUST — DUTYBOUND TO STRENGTHEN THE INSTITUTION OF THE PRESIDENCY THERE IS A LARGER PURPOSE IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION WHEN YOU OCCUPY THE OVAL OFFICE AND HE WAS QUITE — QUITE CLEAR ABOUT THAT THAT WAS SOMETHING HIS FATHER EMBEAUED IN HIM >> SO PERFECT TO HEAR THAT AS THEY WERE DRIVING BY THE WHITE HOUSE I THOUGHT THAT WAS A POWERFUL STATEMENT FROM ONE PRESIDENT TO ANOTHER >> HE REVERED HIS FATHER THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU WERE GEORGE W. BUSH IS IF YOU DISAPPOINTED FOR FATHER HE WAS AFRAID OF HIS MOTHER HE SAID THAT AND HE SAID THAT WITH LOVE BUT SHE WAS THE ONE THAT RULED THE ROOST SHE MADE THE RULES AND THAT BUT THEIR DAD — THEY JUST DIDN’T WANT TO DISAPPOINT HIM >> HE TOLD A VERY TOUCHING STORY AFTER HE HAD TO DELIVER A SPEECH, W. DID, AFTER 9/11 AND HE DELIVERED THE SPEECH IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL TIME YOU LOOK AT THE VIDEO YOU SEE CLEARLY HOW AFTER HE SPOKE HIS DAD REACHED OVER AND TOUCHED HIS HAND EVER SPO SLIGHTLY AND HE SAID THAT GESTURE MEANT THE WORLD TO HIM BECAUSE HE WAS SAYING YOU DID A GOD JOB, SON >> THINK ABOUT THAT, ONE OF THE LAST TIMES THEY WERE TOGETHER IN THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, COMFORTING ONE ANOTHER ON SEPTEMBER 14th, 2001, DAYS AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS THEY ARE TOGETHER THERE THIS IS THE OUTSIDE OF THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, THE MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, OFFICERS HAVE GATHERED TO BRING THE 41st PRESIDENT INSIDE TO THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF EULOGIYS DELIVERED FROM MIEN MULRONEY AND FORMER SENATOR ALAN SIMPSON, REPUBLICAN OF WYOMING

THEY FIRST MET IN THE 1960s AND IN FACT ALAN SIMPSON SOLD HIS HOUSE TO GEORGE H. W. BUSH AND THEY SAID THEY DID IT OVER A HANDSHAKE HE WAS ASKED TO EULOGIZE THE PRESIDENT IN 2012 THAT LONG AGO >> A LOT OF PLANNING >> HE WAS VERY SICK, IN AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT WHEN YOU ARE IN THE 90s YOU HAVE EPISODES YOU GET SICK IT HAPPENS THIS HAS BEEN A LONG-TERM ASSIGNMENT FOR ALAN SIMPSON BUT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A SPEECH FROM ALAN SIMPSON >> HE IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON >> IS HE >> ABSOLUTELY >> AND THE BUSH FAMILY LIKES TO CRACK WISE WE HEARD THAT ABOUT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH IF THERE IS A MOMENT THAT A CRACK GETS OFFERED TO BREAK THE TENSION CAN YOU EXPECT ALAN SIMPSON WILL DELIVER IT >> BUT ALAN SIMPSON SAID HE WAS WORKING WITH HIS WIFE TALKING ABOUT EXPERIENCES HE CRIED DURING THAT TIME HE WANTED TO GET ALL THE TEARS OUT OF HIS SYSTEM SO HE WILL NOT CRY DELIVERING THE SPEECH IT’SING FROM >> DOES IT WORK THAT WAY >> SOMETIMES, YOU CAN READ IT BUT WHEN YOU TALK IT OUT LOUD AND REFLECT ABOUT SOMEONE YOU LOVE VERY MUCH, IT’S DIFFICULT >> AND YOU’RE IN THAT MOMENT, YEAH >> EACH OF THESE FORMER PRESIDENTS AND FORMER FIRST LADIES IN THE FRONT ROW SERVED IN DIFFICULT TIMES AND THEY ALSO MUST BE THINKING ABOUT THEIR OWN LEGACIES IN OFFICE BOB >> AND THEIR OWN MORTALITY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ADVANCED AGE YOU THINK AM I THE NEXT? UM-HUM >> IT’S A HUMAN THING >> BUT WHAT A REMARKABLE LIFE THOUGH YOU’RE 94 AND WHEN IT’S YOUR TIME YOU DIE SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE YOU LOVE I TOUCHED BY THE DOG SULLY WHO WE SAW SITTING OUTSIDE THE FLAG DRAPED CASKET AT PIERCE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE FINAL MOMENTS, YOU DIE SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE YOU LOVE AND HAD BEEN A PRETTY HEALTHIY LIFE FOR THE MOST PART IT’S A BEAUTIFUL ENDING I THINK >> WE SEE FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AT THE CENTER OF THE SCREEN THERE HE AND THE MAN HE DEFEATED GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH HAVE THIS FASCINATING POST CAMPAIGN RELATIONSHIP BILL CLINTON — MRS. BUSH, BARBARA SAID THAT FOR BILL CLINTON, GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH WAS THE FATHER HE NEVER REALLY HAD, THAT IS AGAIN ONE OF THE THEMES OF THE DAY, IS THAT POLITICS HAS ITS OWN LANE IT’S UGLY AND TOUGH AND GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH WAS INVOLVED IN TOUGH CAMPAIGNS YET THE RELATIONSHIP DWRU UP OUT OF THAT, THE SHARED EXPERIENCE OF HAVING BEEN PRESIDENTS SO THIS IS A PARTICULAR — OF ALL THE PRESIDENTS THERE, BILL CLINTON HAD A PARTICULAR RELATIONSHIP WITH GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH >> I DON’T BELIEVE WE HAVE SEEN YET THERE — THERE IS PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP ENTERING AT 10:48 THE CEREMONY ABOUT TO BEGIN IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES FROM NOW >> THEY ARE THE LAST TO ARRIVE BEFORE THE FAMILY AND THE 41st PRESIDENT JON MEACHAM WHO WILL EULOGIZE THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT — TODAY, I SHOULD SAY, ASKED PRESIDENT BUSH HOW HE WANTED TO BE REMEMBERED AND MEACHAM SAID HE DIDN’T PAUSE AND HE AVOIDED AS EVER THE FIRST PERSON PRONOUN WHICH HIS MOTHER USED TO CALL THE GREAT I AM AND APPLIED THAT WE PUT THE COUNTRY FIRST PRESIDENT TRUMP SHAKING THE HANDS OF THE OBAMAS, THE CLINTONS DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT EVEN LOOK OVER >> UM-HUM >> THAT IS A VERY INTERESTING MOMENT TO SEE THE TRUMPS AND THE OBAMAS SITTING THERE TOGETHER BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN A VERY HARSH CRITIC OF BARACK OBAMA PERSONALLY AND OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING TO SEE THAT HANDSHAKE AND IN PARTICULAR WITH MICHELLE OBAMA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP >> AND YET WHEN THEY FIRST MET RIGHT AFTER THE ELECTION, IN THE OVAL OFFICE, THOSE OF US WHO WERE THERE REMEMBER SEEING A DIFFERENT DONALD TRUMP AND MAYBE JUST FOR THAT VERY MOMENT, THE ONE DAY IN THE OVAL OFFICE THE FIRST TIME AS PRESIDENT ELECT, FEELING AND LOOKING A BIT OFF BALANCE THIS WAS NOW REAL AND THE CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA COVERED A LOT OF GROUND AND THOSE WHO I TALKED TO CLOSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP REGARDED THAT IN MANY WAYS AS WISE COUNSEL,

HELPFUL COUNSEL, RESPECTFUL COUNSEL THEY DO CLASH THERE IS NOT A DEEP PERSONAL BOND BUT PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT, THE INTERACTION WAS HELPFUL AND REGARDED AS THE BEGINNINGS OF SOME KIND OF RELATIONSHIP ONE PRESIDENT TO ANOTHER >> OR SO WE THOUGHT >> THE NEXT PRESIDENT RIGHT YOU KNOW, THE EX-PRESIDENT’S CLUB IS — IT’S ABOUT AS EXCLUSIVE A CLUB AS YOU CAN HAVE THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU CAN TURN TO WHEN YOU’RE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT TRUMP, I BELIEVE SAID HE HASN’T TALKED TO PRESIDENT OBAMA SINCE THE FIRST HANDSHAKE AND I DON’T THINK THAT’S CHANGED AND IT’S — YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT OBAMA ON HIS INAUGURAL DAY SAID TO PRESIDENT BUSH AND SAID I WANT TO CALL YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE THE ONLY OTHER PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT THIS IS LIKE HE SAID I’LL CALL >> IT’S A HISTORICAL TRUTH THAT JIMMY CARTER HAS BEEN AN OUTSIDER IN THE PRESIDENTIAL CLUB EE STRANGD FROM THOSE WHO SUCCEEDED IN OFFICE NOT PART OF THE DYNAMIC CONVERSATIONS INTERACTIONS PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT >> WHEN WE SPOKE WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FOR “”60 MINUTES,” HE REMEMBERED GEORGE H. W. BUSH HE SAID HE WAS A GOOD REMINDER THAT AS FIERCELY AS WE FIGHT ON POLICY AND ISSUES, THAT ULTIMATELY WE ARE AMERICANS FIRST AND THAT KIND OF ATTITUDE IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE MISS AMERICANS FIRST AND YET I STILL THINK THERE IS A BIT OF TENSION IN THAT FRONT ROW >> WELL, IT WAS INTERESTING NO INTERACTION AT ALL WITH THE CLINTONS IT COULD BE BECAUSE OF THE LOCATION OF THE SEATS TOO COULD HAVE MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT I THINK WHEN THE TRUMPS EXTENDED THEIR HAND I THINK YOU DON’T HAVE ANY CHOICE, I BELIEVE OERP TO SAY HELLO IT WILL BE INTERESTING I DON’T EXPECT — YOU KNOW WHENEVER YOU WOULD SAY MICHELLE OBAMA AND GEORGE W. BUSH SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER THEY HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL YOU COULD A SEE THEM WHISPERING AND NEEDLING EACH OTHER AND CLEARLY GREAT AFFECTION I DON’T EXPECT WE WILL SEE MUCH INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TRUMPS AND OBAMAS BEFORE THE TRUMPS ENTERED THE ROOM THE CLINTONS AND OBAMAS WERE ENGAGED AS THE CARTERS I KNOW WE ARE GETTING CLOSE TO THE BEGINNING OF THE SERVICE BUT I DON’T EXPECT TO SEE MUCH INTERACTION BETWEEN THEM >> REMEMBER STILL FRESH IN THEIR MIND IS THE LOSS OF THE MATRIARCH OF THE BUSH FAMILY IT’S BEEN A SEASON OF REFLECTION FOR THE BUSH FAMILY AS WE AWAIT THE FAMILY OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH THE ENTIRE FAMILY COMING FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL WELL TO RETURN TO JEFF GLOR AND BIANNA GOLODRYGA OUTSIDE THE CATHEDRAL JEFF AND BIANNA >> SO RIGHT TO MENTION THE MATRIARCH OF THE BUSH FAMILY, WHAT A TOUGH YEAR, THE LOSS OF BARBARA IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR AND A FEW MONTHS LATER FOLDED BY HER HUSBAND SHE REVERED AND FEARED ONE THING GEORGE W. BUSH DID WHEN HE BECAME PRESIDENT HE GAVE HIM REVERENCE AND THERE WAS THE MOMENT WHERE W CAME BACK TO VISIT HIS PARENTS AND HE PUT HIS COFFEE TABLE AND BARBARA SAID TAKE YOUR FEET OFF THE TABLE GEORGE SAID HE HE IS THE CHT UNITED STATES OF THE UNITED STATES YOU CAN’T TALK TO HIM >> AND SHE SAID MY SON YOU CAN SEE THE TENSION YOU WERE NOTING GEORGE W. HAS A SPECIAL GIFT OF BREAKING TENSION YOU REMEMBER WHEN HE PASSED MICHELLE OBAMA A PIECE OF CANDY >> RELIEVING THE TENSION >> AND YOU SAW THE WIDE SHOT IN FRONT OF THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IT’S WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, THIS BUILDING AS WELL, THIS GLORIOUS BUILDING HOSTED THREE PREVIOUS STATE FUNERALS, EISENHOWER, REAGAN AND FORD WOODROW WILSON IS ENTOMBED HERE EVEN THOUGH HIS FUNERAL WASN’T HELD HERE IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY SIGHT TO SEE BOTH FROM THE OUTSIDE AND THE INSIDE AND ESPECIALLY WITH WHAT IS >> YOU CAN SEE ON WISCONSIN AVENUE — WE CAN SEE BUT THE VIEWERS AT HOME CAN HEAR THE SOUND OF THE MOTORCADE APPROACHING WITH THE HEARSE THERE YOU SEE THEY ARE JUST ABOUT TO TURN THE CORNER AND PULL INTO THE CATHEDRAL YOU KNOW, AS MANY TIMES AS SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN BE PLANNED FOR A MAN WHO WAS NEAR DEATH QUITE A FEW TIMES THE PAST

FEW YEARS, STILL DIFFICULT FOR THE FAMILY AND THE FIVE CHILDREN TO SEE THIS DAY APPROACH AND YOU HAVE MARVIN AND NEIL AND JEB, AND DORO AND OF COURSE GEORGE W. BUSH HERE TO HONOR THEIR FATHER, ALL OF THEM NOW HAVE LOST BOTH PARENTS WITHIN A MATTER OF A FEW MONTHS >> I’LL NEVER FORGET THE LOOK ON GEORGE W. BUSH’S FACE ON MONDAY WHEN THE CASKET ARRIVED IN THE CAPITOL AS WE SEE THE POLICE VEHICLES NOW PULLING UP AND THEN NOT FAR BEHIND THAT THE HEARSE CARRYING THE CASKET OF OUR 41st PRESIDENT >> AND YOU THINK OF JENNA BUSH, OUR COLLEAGUE AT NBC, HER TWIN SISTER BARBARA BUSH GOT MARRIED JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO ONE OF THE REASONS THEY EXPEDITED THE WEDDING WAS THAT THEY WANTED THEIR GREATER, GEORGE H. W. BUSH TO BE ABLE TO WITNESS HER WEDDING WHICH HE DID, IN MAINE, BEFORE HE CAME BACK TO HOUSTON >> AS THE HEARSE COMES UP WHY DON’T WE TAKE A MOMENT TO WATCH AND LISTEN [ DRUMS ]

>>> PRESENT >> PRESENT >> ARMS! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

>>> WITH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, WE RECEIVE THE BODY OF OUR BROTHER GEORGE FOR BURIAL LET US PRAY WITH CONFIDENCE TO GOD, THE GIVER OF LIGHT, THAT HE WILL RAISE HIM TO PERFECTION IN THE COMPANY OF SAINTS DELIVER YOUR SERVANT, GEORGE, FROM ALL EVIL AND SET HIM FREE FROM EVERY BOND THAT HE MAY REST WITH ALL YOUR SAINTS IN THE ETERNAL HABITATIONS WHERE WITH THE FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU LIVE AND REIGN ONE GOD FOREVER AND EVER >> AMEN >> LET US PRAY ALSO FOR ALL WHO MOURN, THAT THEY MAY CAST THEIR CARE ON GOD AND KNOW THE CONSOLATION OF HIS LOVE ALL MIGHTY GOD, LOOK WITH PITY UPON THE SORROW OF YOUR SERVANTS FOR WHOM WE PRAY, REMEMBER THEM GRACIOUS GOD IN MERCY, NOURISH THEM WITH PATIENCE, COMFORT THEM WITH A SENSE OF YOUR GOODNESS, LIFT YOUR COUNT ENNANCE UPON THEM AND GIVE THEM PEACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AMEN ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ BELL ]

>>> I’M THE RESURRECTION AND THE

LIFE SAYS THE LORD WHOEVER HAS FAITH IN ME SHALL HAVE LIFE EVEN THOUGH DIE AN EVERYONE WHO HAS LIFE AND HAS COMMITTED HIMSELF TO ME IN FAITH SHALL NOT DIE FOREVER AS FOR ME, I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES AND AT THE LAST HE WILL STAND UPON THE EARTH AFTER MY AWAKENING, HE WILL RAISE ME UP AND IN MY BODY I SHALL SEE GOD I MYSELF SHALL SEE AND MY EYES BEHOLD HIM WHO IS MY FRIEND AND NOT A STRANGER, FOR NONE OF US LIVEth TO HIMSELF AND NONE BECOMES HIS OWN MASTER WHEN HE DIES, FOR IF WE HAVE LIFE WE ARE ALIVE IN THE LORD AND IF WE DIE, WE DIE IN THE LORD SO THEN WHETHER WE LIVE OR DIE, WE ARE THE LORD’S POSSESSION HAPPY FROM NOW ON ARE THOSE WHO DIE IN THE LORD, SO IT SAYS SAYS THE SPIRIT FOR THEY REST FROM THEIR LABOLABORS >>> FORWARD MARCH ♪

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> LET US PRAY OH, GOD WHO’S MERCIES CANNOT BE NUMBERED, ACCEPT OUR PRAYERS ON BEHALF OF YOUR SERVANT GEORGE AND GRANT HIM AN ENTRANCE INTO THE LAND OF LIGHT AND JOY IN THE FELLOWSHIP OF YOUR SAINTS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD WHO LIVES AND REIGNS WITH YOU AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD NOW AND FOREVER AMEN >>> A READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH ARISE, LIGHT AND SHINE FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME FOR THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS RISEN UPON YOU, FOR DARKNESS SHALL COVER THE EARTH AND A THICK DARKNESS, THE PEOPLES, BUT THE LORD WILL ARISE UPON YOU AND HIS GLORY WILL APPEAR OVER YOU

NATIONS SHALL COME TO YOUR LIGHT AND KINGS TO THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR DAWN, LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK AROUND, THEY ALL GATHER TOGETHER, THEY COME TO YOU, YOUR SONS SHALL COME FROM FAR AWAY AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL BE CARRIED ON THEIR NURSES’ ARMS THEN YOU SHALL SEE AND BE RADIANT YOUR HEART SHALL THRILL AND REJOICE BECAUSE THE ABUNANCE OF THE SEA SHALL BE BROUGHT TO YOU AND THE WEALTH OF THE NATIONS SHALL COME TO YOU >> VIOLENT SHALL NO MORE BE HEARD IN YOUR LAND, DEVASTATION OR DESTRUCTION WITHIN YOUR BORDERS YOU SHALL CALL YOUR WALLS SALVATION AND YOUR GATES PRAISE THE SUN SHALL NO LONGER BE YOUR LIGHT BY DAY NOR FOR BRIGHTNESS SHOULD THE MOON GIVE LIGHT TO YOU BY NIGHT, BUT THE LORD WILL BE YOUR EVER LASTLASTING LIGHT YOUR GOD WILL BE YOUR GLORY YOUR SUN SHALL NO MORE GO DOWN OR YOUR MOON WITHDRAW ITSELF, FOR THE LORD WILL BE YOUR EVER LAST EVERLASTING LIGHT AND YOUR DAYS OF MOURNING SHALL BE ENDED THE WORD OF THE LORD >>> THE STORY WAS ALMOST OVER EVEN BEFORE IT HAD FULLY BEGUN SHORTLY AFTER DAWN ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd, 1944, LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH JOINED BY TWO CREWMATES TOOK OFF TO ATTACK A RADIO TOWER ON CHI CHI JIMA SMOKE FILLED THE COCKPIT, FLAMES RACED ACROSS THE WINGS MY GOD, LIEUTENANT BUSH THOUGHT, THIS THING’S GOING TO GO DOWN YET HE KEPT THE PLANE IN ITS 35 DEGREE DIVE, DROPPED ITS BOMBS AND ROARED OUT TO SEA TELLING HIS CREWMATES TO HIT THE SILK FOLLOWING PROTOCOL, LIEUTENANT BUSH TURNED THE PLANE SO THEY COULD BAIL OUT, ONLY THEN DID BUSH PARACHUTE FROM THE COCKPIT THE WIND PROPELLED HIM BACKWARD AND HE GASHED HIS HEAD ON THE TAIL OF THE PLANE AS HE FLEW THROUGH THE SKY HE PLUNGED DEEP INTO THE OCEAN, BOBBED TO THE SURFACE AND FLOPPED ON TO A TINY RAFT HIS HEAD BLEEDING, HIS EYES BURNING, HIS MOUTH AND THROAT RAW FROM SALTWATER THE FUTURE 41st PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS ALONE SENSING THAT HIS MEN HAD NOT MADE IT, HE WAS OVERCOME HE FELT THE WEIGHT OF RESPONSIBILITY AS A NEARLY PHYSICAL BURDEN AND WEPT THEN AT FOUR MINUTES SHY OF NOON, A SUBMARINE EMERGED TO RESCUE THE DOWNED PILOT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH WAS SAFE THE STORY, HIS STORY AND OURS, WOULD GO ON BY GOD’S GRACE THROUGH THE ENSUING DECADES, PRESIDENT BUSH WOULD FREQUENTLY ASK NEARLY DAILY, HE’D ASK HIMSELF, WHY ME?

WHY WAS I SPARED? AND IN A SENSE, THE REST OF HIS LIFE WAS A PERENNIAL EFFORT TO PROVE HIMSELF WORTHY OF HIS SALVATION ON THAT DISTANT MORNING TO HIM HIS LIFE WAS NO LONGER HIS OWN THERE WERE ALWAYS MORE MISSIONS TO UNDERTAKE, MORE LIVES TO TOUCH AND MORE LOVE TO GIVE AND WHAT A HEAD LONG RACE HE MADE OF IT ALL, HE NEVER SLOWED DOWN ON THE PRIMARY CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ONCE, HE GRABBED THE HAND OF A DEPARTMENT STORE MANNEQUIN ASKING FOR VOTES WHEN HE REALIZED HIS MISTAKE, HE SAID, NEVER KNOW GOTTA ASK YOU CAN HEAR THE VOICE, CAN’T YOU? AS DANA CARVEY SAID THE KEY TO A BUSH 41 IMPERSONATION IS MR ROGERS TRYING TO BE JOHN WAYNE GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH WAS AMERICA’S LAST GREAT SOLDIER STATESMAN, A 20th CENTURY FOUNDING FATHER HE GOVERNED WITH VIRTUES THAT MOST CLOSELY RESEMBLE THOSE OF WASHINGTON AND OF ADAMS, OF T.R AND F.D.R., OF TRUMAN AND OF EISENHOWER, OF MEN WHO BELIEVED IN CAUSES LARGER THAN THEMSELVES 6’2″, HANDSOME AND DOMINANT IN PERSON, PRESIDENT BUSH SPOKE MAKING FISTS TO UNDERSCORE POINTS THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, HE BELIEVED THAT TO WHOM MUCH WAS GIVEN MUCH IS EXPECTED AND BECAUSE LIFE GAVE HIM SO MUCH, HE GAVE BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN HE STOOD IN THE BREACH IN THE COLD WAR AGAINST TOTALITARIAN, HE STOOD IN THE BREACH IN WASHINGTON AGAINST UNTHINKING PARTISANSHIP, HE STOOD IN THE BREACH AGAINST TYRANNY AND DISCRIMINATION AND ON HIS WATCH, A WALL FELL IN BERLIN, A DICTATOR’S AGGRESSION DID NOT STAND, AND DOORS ACROSS AMERICA OPENED TO THOSE WITH DISABILITIES AND IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE, HE STOOD IN THE BREACH AGAINST HEARTBREAK AND HURT, ALWAYS OFFERING AN OUTSTRETCHED HAND, A WARM WORD, A SYMPATHIC TEAR IF YOU WERE DOWN, HE WOULD RUSH TO LIFT YOU UP AND IF YOU WERE SOARING, HE WOULD RUSH TO SAVOR YOUR SUCCESS STRONG AND GRACIOUS, COMFORTING AND CHARMING, LOVING AND LOYAL HE WAS OUR SHIELD IN DANGER’S HOUR OF COURSE, THERE WAS AMBITIONS TOO TO SERVE HE CAN TO SUCCEED, TO PRESIDE HE HAD TO PREVAIL POLITICS HE ONCE ADMITTED, ISN’T A PURE UNDERTAKING, NOT IF YOU WANT TO WIN, ITS NOT AND IMPERFECT MAN, HE LEFT US A MORE PERFECT UNION IT MUST BE SAID THAT FOR A KEENLY INTELLIGENT STATESMAN OF STIRRING, ALMOST UNPARALLELED PRIVATE EL-OQEUEN — EL-QUENCE IS NOT A GIFT LOOKING AHEAD TO THE ’88 ELECTION, HE OBSERVED, IN ARGUABLY, ITS NOT EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT THE UNDECIDED COULD GO ONE WAY OR THE OTHER AND LATE IN HIS PRESIDENCY, HE ALLOWED THAT, WE’RE ENJOYING SLUGGISH TIMES BUT WE’RE NOT ENJOYING THEM VERY MUCH HIS TONGUE MAY HAVE RUN AMUCK AT

MOMENTS, BUT HIS HEART WAS STEADFAST HIS LIFE CODE, AS HE SAID, WAS TELL THE TRUTH, DON’T BLAME PEOPLE, BE STRONG, DO YOUR BEST, TRY HARD, FORGIVE, STAY THE COURSE AND THAT WAS AND IS THE MOST AMERICAN OF CREEDS ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE AND GEORGE H.W BUSH’S THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT ARE COMPANION VERSES IN AMERICA’S NATIONAL HYMN FOR LINCOLN AND BUSH BOTH CALLED ON US TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT OVER THE CONVENIENT, TO HOPE RATHER THAN TO FEAR AND TO HEED NOT OUR WORST IMPULSES, BUT OUR BEST INSTINCTS IN THIS WORK, HE HAD THE MOST WONDERFUL OF ALLIES IN BARBARA BUSH, HIS WIFE OF 73 YEARS, HE CALLED HER BAR, THE SILVER FOX AND WHEN THE SITUATION WARRANTED IT, THE ENFORCER HE WAS THE ONLY BOY SHE EVER KISSED HER CHILDREN, MRS. BUSH LIKE TO SAY, ALWAYS WANTED TO THROW UP WHEN THEY HEARD THAT IN A LETTER TO BARBARA DURING THE WAR, YOUNG GEORGE H.W. BUSH WROTE, I LOVE YOU PRECIOUS AND TO KNOW THAT YOU LOVE ME MEANS MY LIFE HOW LUCKY OUR CHILDREN WILL BE TO HAVE A MOTHER LIKE YOU AND AS THEY WILL TELL YOU, THEY SURELY WERE AS VICE PRESIDENT, BUSH ONCE VISITED A CHILDREN’S LEUKEMIA WARD, 35 YEARS BEFORE HE AND BARBARA HAD LOST A DAUGHTER, ROBIN, TO THE DISEASE A SMALL BOY WANTED TO GREET THE AMERICAN VICE PRESIDENT LEARNING THAT THE CHILD WAS SICK WITH THE CANCER THAT HAD TAKEN ROBIN, BUSH BEGAN TO CRY TO HIS DIARY LATER THAT DAY, THE VICE PRESIDENT SAID THIS, MY EYES FLOODED WITH TEARS AND BEHIND ME WAS A BANK OF TELEVISION CAMERAS AND I THOUGHT, I CAN’T TURN AROUND I CAN’T DISSOLVE BECAUSE OF PERSONAL TRAGEDY IN THE FACE OF THE NURSES THAT GIVE OF THEMSELVES EVERY DAY SO I STOOD THERE LOOKING AT THIS LITTLE GUY, TEARS RUNNING DOWN MY CHEEK, HOPING HE WOULDN’T SEE, BUT IF HE DID, HOPING HE’D FEEL THAT I LOVED HIM THAT WAS THE REAL GEORGE H.W BUSH, A LOVING MAN WITH A BIG, VIBRANT, ALL ENVELOPING HEART AND SO WE ASK AS WE COMMEND HIS SOUL TO GOD AND AS HE DID, WHY HIM? WHY WAS HE SPARED? THE WORKINGS OF PROVIDENCE ARE MYSTERIOUS BUT THIS MUCH IS CLEAR, THAT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH WHO SURVIVED THAT FIERY FALL INTO THE WATERS OF THE PACIFIC THREE QUARTERS OF A CENTURY AGO, MADE OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF NATIONS FREER, BETTER, WARMER AND NOBLER THAT WAS HIS MISSION THAT WAS HIS HEARTBEAT AND IF WE LISTEN CLOSELY ENOUGH, WE CAN HEAR THAT HEARTBEAT EVEN NOW FOR ITS THE HEARTBEAT OF A LION, A LION WHO NOT ONLY LED US BUT WHO LOVED US THAT’S WHY HIM THAT’S WHY HE WAS SPARED ♪

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> A READING FROM REVELATION TO ST. JOHN THEN I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH, FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH HAD PASSED

AWAY AND THE SEA WAS NO MORE AND I SAW THE HOLY CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM, COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD, PREPARED AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND AND I HEARD A LOUD VOICE FROM THE THRONE SAYING, SEE, THE HOME OF GOD IS AMONG MORTALS HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM, THEY WILL BE HIS PEOPLES AND GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM HE WILL WIPE EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES, DEATH WILL BE NO MORE, MOURNING AND CRYING AND PAIN WILL BE NO MORE FOR THE FIRST THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY, THEN HE SAID TO ME, IT IS DONE I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END TO THE THIRSTY, I WILL GIVE WATER AS A GIFT FROM THE SPRING OF THE WATER OF LIFE THOSE WHO CONQUER WILL INHERIT THESE THINGS AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD AND THEY WILL BE MY CHILDREN AND THE CITY HAS NO NEED OF SUN OR MOON TO SHINE ON IT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD IS ITS LIGHT AND THE LAMP IS THE LAMB THE NATIONS WILL WALK BY ITS LIGHT AND THE KINGS OF THE EARTH WILL BRING THEIR GLORY INTO IT ITS GATES WILL NEVER BE SHUT BY DAY AND THERE WILL BE NO NIGHT THERE THE WORD OF THE LORD >>> DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE THE SUMMER YOU LEFT YOUR TEENAGE YEARS BEHIND AND TURNED 20? WELL, I WAS WORKING AS A LABORER IN MY HOMETOWN IN NORTHERN QUEBEC, TRYING TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO GET BACK INTO LAW SCHOOL IT WAS A TOUGH JOB, BUT I WAS SAFE AND SECURE AND I HAD THE ADDED BENEFIT OF MY MOTHER’S HOME COOKING EVERY NIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 2nd, 1944, AS WE HAVE JUST HEARD FROM JOHN, 20-YEAR-OLD, LIEUTENANT GEORGE BUSH WAS PREPARING TO ATTACK JAPANESE WAR INSTALLATIONS IN THE PACIFIC HE WAS PART OF A COURAGEOUS GENERATION OF YOUNG AMERICAN WHO LED THE CHARGE AGAINST OVERWHELMING ODDS IN THE HISTORIC AND BLOODY BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY IN THE PACIFIC AGAINST THE COLOSSAL MILITARY MIGHT OF IMPERIAL JAPAN THAT’S WHAT GEORGE BUSH DID THE SUMMER HE TURNED 20 MANY MEN OF DIFFERENT TALENTS AND SKILLS HAVE SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND MANY MORE WILL DO SO AS THE DECADES UNFOLD BRINGING NEW STRENGTH AND GLORY TO THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND 50 OR 100 YEARS FROM NOW, AS HISTORIANS REVIEW THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND THE CONTEXT OF ALL WHO HAVE SERVED AS PRESIDENT, I BELIEVE IT WILL BE SAID THAT IN THE LIFE OF HIS COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES, WHICH IS IN MY JUDGMENT, THE GREATEST DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC THAT GOD HAS EVER PLACED ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH, I BELIEVE IT WILL BE SAID THAT NO OCCUPANT OF THE OVAL OFFICE WAS MORE COURAGEOUS, MORE PRINCIPLED AND MORE HONORABLE THAN GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH GEORGE BUSH WAS A MAN OF HIGH ACCOMPLISHMENT BUT HE ALSO HAD A DELIGHTFUL SENSE OF HUMOR AND WAS A LOT OF FUN AT HIS FIRST NATO MEETING IN BRUSSELS AS THE NEW AMERICAN

PRESIDENT, HE SAT OPPOSITE ME, ACTUALLY, THAT DAY GEORGE WAS TAKING COPIOUS NOTES AS THE HEADS OF GOVERNMENT SPOKE WE WERE ALL LIMITED IN TIME BUT YOU KNOW, ITS VERY FLATTERING TO HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TAKE NOTES AS YOU SPEAK AND EVEN SOMEONE AS MODEST AS ME THROW IN A FEW MORE ADJECTIVES HERE AND THERE TO EXTEND THE PLEASURE OF THE EXPERIENCE AFTER PRESIDENT METAHA, PRIME MINISTER THATCHER AND CHANCELLOR COLE HAD SPOKEN, IT WAS THE PRIME MINISTER OF ICELAND’S TURN, WHO AS PRESIDENT BUSH CONTINUED TO WRITE, WENT ON AND ON AND ON AND ON ENDING ONLY WHEN THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF NATO FIRMLY DECREED A COFFEE BREAK GEORGE PUT DOWN HIS PEN, WALKED OVER TO ME AND SAID, BRIAN, I JUST LEARNED THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, HE SAID THE SMALLER THE COUNTRY, THE LONGER THE SPEECH [ LAUGHTER ] >> IN THE SECOND YEAR OF THE BUSH PRESIDENCY, RESPONDING TO IMPLAQUABLE PRESSURES FROM THE REAGAN AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS, THE SOVIET UNION IMPLODED THIS WAS, IN MY JUDGMENT, THE MOST POLITICAL EVENT OF THE 20th CENTURY, AN OMINOUS SITUATION THAT COULD HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY MENACING TO WORLD SECURITY WAS INSTEAD DEAFLY CHALLENGED BY PRESIDENT BUSH PROVIDING THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE A CHANCE FOR DEMOCRACY IN A COUNTRY THAT HAD BEEN RULED BIZAY CZARS AND TYRA FOR MANY YEARS NO CHALLENGE, NO CHALLENGE ASSUMED GREATER IMPORTANCE FOR WESTERN SOLIDARITY THAN THE UNIFICATION OF GERMANY WITHIN AN UNSWERVING NATO, BUT OLD 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 MISSTEP AND THIS ENTIRE PROCESS COULD HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED, PERHAPS IRRETRIEVABLY THERE’S OBVIOUSLY NO MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE OR COMPETENT JUDGE OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT THIS MOST VITAL JUNCTURE OF THE 20th CENTURY THAN CHANCELLOR COLE OF GERMANY IN A SPEECH TO A PARLIAMENTARY POSITION, CHANCELLOR COLE SAID CATEGORICALLY THAT THIS HISTORIC INITIATIVE OF GERMAN REUNIFICATION COULD NEVER, EVER HAVE SUCCEEDED WITHOUT THE BRILLIANT LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT BUSH MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE FIRST GULF WAR, SIMPLY PUT, THE COALITION OF 29 NATIONS ASSEMBLED UNDER THE AGES 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 A REGION THAT HAD SEEN TOO MUCH OF THE OPPOSITE FOR FAR TOO LONG THIS WAS PRESIDENT BUSH’S INITIATIVE FROM BEGINNING TO END PRESIDENT BUSH WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT RECENTLY MODERNIZED AND IMPROVED BY NEW ADMINISTRATIONS, WHICH CREATED THE LARGEST AND RICHEST FREE TRADE AREA IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD WHILE ALSO SIGNING INTO LAW THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, WHICH TRANSFORMED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FOREVER PRESIDENT BUSH’S DECISION TO GO FORWARD WITH STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION INCLUDING THE CLEAN AIR ACT THAT

RESULTED IN THE ACID RAIN ACCORD WITH CANADA IS A SPLENDID GIFT OF FUTURE GENERATIONS TO AMERICAN AND CANADIANS TO SAVOR IN THE AIR THEY BREATHE AND THE WATER THEY DRINK AND THE FOREST THEZ ENJOY AND THE LAKES, RIVERS AND STREAMS THEY CHERISH THERE’S A WORD FOR THIS ITS CALLED LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT 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 A GENTLEMAN, A GENUINE LEADER, ONE WHO WAS DISTINGUISHED, RESOLUTE AND BRAVE I DON’T KEEP A DIARY, BUT OCCASIONALLY I WRITE PRIVATE NOTES AFTER IMPORTANT OR PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL EVENT ONE OCCURRED IN KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE, ON SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2001 NEIL AND I HAD BEEN SPENDING OUR TRADITIONAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND WITH GEORGE AND BARBARA AND TOWARD THE END HE AND I HAD A LONG PRIVATE CONVERSATION, MY NOTES CAPTURE THE MOMENT I TOLD GEORGE HOW I THOUGHT HIS MOOD HAD SHIFTED OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS FROM A SERIES OF FRUSTRATIONS AND MOMENTS OF D DIS-PONDENCY IN 1993 TO THE LAUNCH OF THE PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND GEORGE W.’S ELECTION THAT YEAR, TO THE DELIGHT OF JEB’S ELECTION FOLLOWED BY THEIR GREAT PRIDE AND PLEASURE OF GEORGE W.’S ELECTION TO THE PRESIDENCY AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO THE SERENITY WE FOUND TODAY IN BOTH BARBARA AND GEORGE, THEY ARE TRULY AT PEACE WITH THEMSELVES, JOYOUS IN WHAT THEY AND THE CHILDREN HAD ACHIEVED, GRATIFIED BY THE GOODNESS THAT GOD HAS BESTOWED UPON THEM ALL AND GENUINELY CONTENT WITH THE THRILL AND PROMISE OF EACH PASSING DAY AND AT THAT, GEORGE, WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES AS I SPOKE SAID, YOU KNOW, BRIAN, YOU’VE GOT US PEGGED JUST RIGHT AND THE ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTIONS WE’VE EXPERIENCED SINCE 1992 COME WITH ME HE LED ME DOWN THE PORCH AT WALKER’S POINT TO THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE THAT FRONTS THE OCEAN AND POINTED TO A SMALL, SIMPLE PLAQUE THAT HAD BEEN UNOBTRUCIVELY INSTALLED JUST SOME DAYS EARLIER, IT READ CAVU GEORGE SAID, BRIAN, THIS STANDS FOR CEILING AND VISIBILITY UNLIMITED WHEN I WAS A TERRIFIED 18 TO 19-YEAR-OLD PILOT IN THE PACIFIC, THOSE, THOSE WERE THE WORDS THAT WE HOPE TO HEAR BEFORE TAKEOFF IT MEANT PERFECT FLYING AND THAT’S THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT OUR LIFE TODAY, CAVU EVERYTHING IS PERFECT BAR AND I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER LIVES, WE ARE TRULY HAPPY AND AS I LOOKED OVER THE WATERS OF WALKER’S POINT ON THAT COLD SEPTEMBER AFTERNOON, I WAS REMINDED OF THE LINE SIMPLE AND TRUTH THAT SPEAK TO THE REAL NATURE OF GEORGE BUSH, HIS BOTCH WITH HIS WONDERFUL FAMILY AND PRECIOUS SURROUNDINGS THERE ARE WOODEN SHIPS, THERE ARE SAILING SHIPS, THERE ARE SHIPS THAT SAIL THE SEA BUT THE BEST SHIPS ARE FRIENDSHIPS AND MAY THEY ALWAYS BE >> RELAX, GEORGE SAID I ONLY HAD

TEN MINUTES HE WAS VERY DIRECT ABOUT IT IT WASN’T EVEN FUNNY WHEN I FIRST MET MY DEAR 1962, Y FARE, HILL HARD SIMPSON WAS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE JUST ELECTED I CAME BACK TO WASHINGTON WITH DAD TO SETTLE ON HIS NEW OFFICE, HE VACATED BY ONE SENATOR PRESCOTT BUSH GEORGE’S FATHER WELL THEN WE MET AGAIN WHEN MY PARENTS LEFT WASHINGTON AND SOLD THEIR HOME TO A BRAND SPANKING NEW CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS NAMED GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH SO GEORGE AND BARBARA, MOM AND POP, DID THAT SALE ON A HANDSHAKE SOUND FAMILIAR? THEN I CAME TO THE SENATE IN 1978 AND SOON AFTER THAT RONALD REAGAN CORNERED ME AND ASKED ME TO SUPPORT HIM FOR PRESIDENT I SAID I WOULD NOT KNOWING THAT MY FRIEND GEORGE WOULD ENTER THE FRAY HEARING THAT I CALLED AND I S SAID, GEORGE, WANT TO TELL YOU I’D LOVE TO HELP, BUT I ALREADY COMMITTED TO RONALD REAGAN GEORGE’S RESPONSE, WELL, I’M SORRY ABOUT THAT, I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE LET YOU KNOW SOONER AND ACTUALLY A GUY DOESN’T GET VERY MANY CALLS FROM A FRIEND WHO SAYS THEY CAN’T SUPPORT HIM SOUND FAMILIAR? OF COURSE IT DOES BECAUSE IN GEORGE BUSH’S THEME OF LIFE DURING ALL THE HIGHS AND LOWS THERE WAS A SIMPLE CREDO, WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT FAMILY AND FRIENDS? AND WHEN HE BECAME VICE PRESIDENT OUR FRIENDSHIP, ENJOYABLE FRIENDSHIP WAS REFRESHED THE FOUR OF US HAD MANY, MANY PLEASANT TIMES TOGETHER AND MY LIFE IN WASHINGTON WAS RATHER TUMULTUOUS, I WENT TO THE “A” SOCIAL LIST TO THE “D.” AND NEVER CAME BACK TO THE “A.” ONE DARK PERIOD I WAS FEELING AWFUNG AWFUL LOW AND ALL MY WOUNDS WERE SELF INFLICTED, ALL OF THEM AND GEORGE CALLED ME EARLY ONE MORNING, ALWAYS EARLY IN THE MORNING, COUNTRY MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND AND HE SAID, I SEE THE MEDIA IS SHOOTING YOU PRETTY FULL OF HOLES ACTUALLY HE SAID IT A BIT MORE PUNGENTLY THAN THAT AND HE SAID, WHY DON’T WE GO UP TO CAMP DAVID YOU AND ANNE COME OVER WE’LL HAVE A WEEKEND TOGETHER AT THAT TIME HIS POPULARITY RATING WAS 93% MINE WAS .93 AND SO OFF WE WENT, MEDIA OF COURSE ALL GATHERED AS WE HEADED TO MARINE ONE AND GEORGE SAID, WAVE TO YOUR PALS OVER THERE IN THE MEDIA, AL AND THEY DIDN’T WAVE BACK NEXT MORNING HE’S GOING THROUGH ALL THE PAPERS IN THE U.S. HE LOOKS UP SAYS, A-HA, HERE IS THE ONE I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A PICTURE OF BARBARA AND ANNE AND GEORGE WITH HIS ARM AND HAND ON MY BACK, LATER WE’RE HAVING A SAUNA AND I SAID, GEORGE, I AM NOT U UNMINDFUL AS TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING, YOU ARE PROPPING UP YOUR OLD WOUNDED DUCK PAL WHILE YOU’RE AT THE TOP OF YOUR GAME, YOU REACH OUT TO ME WHILE I’M TANGLED IN RICH CONTROVERSY AND TAKING MY LUMPS AND HE SAID, YEP THERE WERE STAFF MEMBERS WHO TOLD ME NOT TO DO THIS BUT, AL, THIS IS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND LOYALTY SOUND FAMILIAR? WE HAD AN AWFUL LOT OF FUN, TOO, ALWAYS A DELIGHT TO BE IN THE PRESIDENT’S BOX AT THE KENNEDY CENTER, OFF TO A PLAY AT THE NATIONAL THEATER WITH THE BUS BUSHES OUTSIDE OF THE PRESIDENT’S BOX ONE EVENING THERE WAS A MASSIVE SIX FOOT VASE WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY GLAZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VASE AND A VASE, 35 BUCKS NOW, GEORGE WALKED IN TO IT AND HE SAID, AL, WAIT, I THINK

THAT’S A TROSCOM, I NOTICE THAT, HE SAID THIS BLUE GREYISH GLAZE FROM THAT PERIOD, THE CLAY THAT COULD ONLY BE FOUND DURING THAT ERA AND I SAID, NO, NO, GEORGE, THE PATINA GIVES ME THE PERCEPTION IT WAS POSSIBLY OLDER PERHAPS OF GREEK ORIGIN WITH THAT PARTICULAR HERBAL PASTE BEFORE FIRING PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND MUMBLING ABOUT THESE EXPERT OBSERVERS AND BARBARA AND ANNE FINALLY CAME BY AND SAID, GET OUT OF HERE BOTH OF YOU, GET BACK IN THAT BOX WELL, WE DID IT WAS IMPRESSIVE FOR A WHILE, THEN OF COURSE ONE NIGHT THE FOUR OF US WENT TO SEE MICHAEL CRAWFORD SINGING THE SONGS OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER ALL FOUR OF US WERE SINGING AS WE WENT BACK TO THE WHITE HOU HOUSE, ♪ DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA ♪ AND TIDBITS FROM PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AND OTHER MAGIC OF WEBBER A FEW DAYS LATER HE WAS GETTING HAMMERED BY THE PRESS FOR SOME EXTRAORDINARILY PITHY BIT OF TRIVIA SUDDENLY HE SINGS OUT ♪ DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA ♪ THE PRESIDENT WROTE THAT HE WAS FINALLY LOSING HIS MARBLES NOW, THESE HONORED GUESTS, RIGHT HERE BEFORE US, WHO HAVE HELD THIS NOBLE POST, KNOW WELL OF THE SLINGS AND ARROWS OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE HE WAS A CLASS ACT FROM BIRTH TO DEATH HE HAD STRONG MIND AND BODY CAME FROM THAT EXTRAORDINARY MOTHER WE COMPARED OUR MOTHERS AS VELVET HAMMERS, OF COURSE, CERTAINLY MOST AWESOME FATHERS HISTORY BOOKS WILL AND ARE TRE TREATING HIM MOST FAIRLY WHILE UNCOVERING? OTHER POWERFUL TRAITS HIS GREAT COMPETITIVENESS, HIS RAW COURAGE AND HIS SELF DISCIPLINE RECALL THE ANDREWS AIR BASE CONCLAVE WHERE CONGRESSIONAL PARTICIPANTS DRAFTED A REMARKABLE BILL THAT DEALT WITH TWO-YEAR BUDGETING, ENTITLEMENT REFORM, COMPREHENSIVE AND CATASTROPHIC HEALTH CARE, SOCIAL SECURITY SOLVENCY AND MUCH MORE BUT IT REQUIRED A CRITICAL INGREDIENT CALLED REVENUE TRANSLATED INTO THE WORD TAXES, TRANSLATED INTO THE WORDS, READ MY LIPS AND THE GROUP WENT TO GEORGE AND SAID, LOOK, WE CAN GET THIS PACKAGE DONE BUT WE MUST HAVE SOME REVENUE AND HE SAID, I’LL NEVER FORGET, HE SAID, WHAT I HAVE SAID ON THAT SUBJECT SURE PUTS A HELL OF A LOT OF HEAT ON ME AND THEN THEY ALL SAID, YES, BUT WE CAN GET IT DONE AND IT WILL BE BIPARTISAN AND GEORGE SAID, OKAY, GO FOR IT BUT IT WILL BE A REAL PUNCH IN THE GUT BOB DOLE, THEN A LOYAL WARRIOR FOR GEORGE TOOK IT BACK TO THE SENATE AND WE WON A VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE AND WHEN ORDER OF THE HOUSE FOR HIS OWN PARTY TURNED ON HIM, SURELY ONE OF THE MAIN FACTORS ASSURING HIS RETURN TO PRIVATE LIFE BUT HE OFTEN SAID, WHEN REALLY TOUGH CHOICES COME IT’S THE COUNTRY, NOT ME IT’S NOT ABOUT DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS, IT’S FOR OUR COUNTRY THAT I FOUGHT FOR AND HE WAS A MAN OF SUCH GREAT HUMILITY THOSE WHO TRAVEL THE HIGH ROAD OF HUMILITY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ARE NOT BOTH BOTHERED BY HEAVY TRAFFIC AND HE HAD A VERY SERIOUS FLAW KNOWN BY ALL CLOSE, HE LOVED A GOOD JOKE THE RICHER THE BETTER AND HE’D THROW HIS HEAD BACK AND GIVE THAT GREAT LAUGH BUT HE NEVER, EVER COULD REMEMBER A PUNCH LINE AND I MEAN, NEVER SO THE PUNCH LINE FOR GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH IS THIS, YOU WOULD HAVE WANTED HIM ON YOUR SIDE HE NEVER LOST HIS SENSE OF HUM HUMOR HUMOR IS UNIVERSAL SOLVENT AGAINST THE ABRASIVE ELEMENTS OF LIFE THAT’S WHAT HUMOR IS HE NEVER HATED ANYONE

HE KNEW WHAT HIS MOTHER AND MY MOTHER ALWAYS KNEW, HATRED CORRODES THE CONTAINER IT’S CARRIED IN MOST DECENT AND HONORABLE PERSON I EVER MET WAS MY FRIEND GEORGE BUSH ONE OF NATURE’S NOBLE MEN, HIS EPITAPH PERHAPS JUST A SINGLE LETTER, THE LETTER “L” FOR LOYALTY IT GOES THROUGH HIS BLOOD LOYALTY TO HIS COUNTRY LOYALTY TO HIS FAMILY LOYALTY TO HIS FRIENDS LOYALTY TO THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS A FRIEND TO HIS FRIENDS NONE OF US WERE READY FOR THIS DAY WE MOURN HIS LOSS FROM OUR OWN LIVES AND WHAT HE WAS TO EACH OF US THAT IS SO PERSONAL, SO INTIM INTIMATE, SO DOWN INSIDE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH EASIER TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE WITH HIM HERE BUT HE IS GONE, IRAQ COBY GONE WE SHALL ALWAYS RETAIN HIS MEMORY IN OUR HEARTS GOD HAS COME NOW TO TAKE HIM BACK WE ALL KNEW ON ONE UNKNOWN DAY HE WOULD RETURN TO HIS GOD NOW WE GIVE HIM UP WE COMMEND HIM TO YOUR LOVING HANDS THANK YOU FOR HIM GOD REST HIS SOUL ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, INCLUDING OUR PRESIDENTS AND FIRST LADIES GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, FOREIGN DIGNITARIES AND FRIENDS JEB, NEIL, MARV AND DORO AND I AND OUR FAMILIES THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE I ONCE HEARD IT SAID OF MAN THAT THE IDEA IS TO DIE YOUNG AS LATE AS POSSIBLE AT AGE 85 A FAVORITE PASTIME OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS FIRING UP HIS BOAT, THE FIDELITY, AND OP OPENING UP THE THREE 300 HORSE POWER ENGINES TO FLY, JOYFULLY FLY ACROSS “THE ATLANTIC” WITH THE SECRET SERVICE BOATS STRA STRAINING TO KEEP UP AT AGE 90, GEORGE H.W. BUSH PARACHUTED OUT OF AN AIRCRAFT AND LANDED ON THE GROUNDS OF ST. ANNE AS BY THE SEA IN KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE, THE CHURCH WHERE HIS MOM WAS MARRIED AND WHERE HE WORSHIPPED OFTEN MOTHER LIKED TO SAY HE CHOSE THE LOCATION JUST IN CASE THE CHUTE DIDN’T OPEN IN HIS 90s, HE TOOK GREAT DELIGHT IN HIS CLOSEST PAL, JAMES A. BAKER, SMUGGLED A BOTER OF GREY GOOSE VODKA INTO HIS HOSPITAL ROOM APPARENTLY IT PAIRED WELL WITH THE STEAK BAKER DELIVERED FROM MORTON’S TO HIS VERY LAST DAYS, DAD’S LIFE WAS INSTRUCTIVE, HE TAUGHT US HOW TO GROW WITH DIGNITY, HUMOR AND KINDNESS AND WHEN THE GOOD LORD FINELY CALLED HOW TO MEET HIM WITH COURAGE AND WITH THE JOY OF THE PROMISE OF WHAT LIES AHEAD ONE REASON DAD KNEW HOW TO DIE YOUNG IS THAT HE ALMOST DID IT, TWICE WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER A STAFF INFECTION NEARLY TOOK HIS LIFE FEW YEARS LATER HE WAS ALONE IN THE PACIFIC ON A LIFE RAFT, PR PRAYING THAT HIS RESCUERS WOULD FIND HIM BEFORE THE ENEMY DID GOD ANSWERED THOSE PRAYERS, IT TURNED OUT HE HAD OTHER PLANS FOR GEORGE H.W. BUSH FOR DAD’S PART I THINK THOSE BRUSHES WITH DEATH MADE HIM CHERISH THE GIFT OF LIFE AND HE VOWED TO LIVE EVERY DAY TO THE FULLEST DAD WAS ALWAYS BUSY, A MAN IN CONSTANT MOTION, BUT NEVER TOO BUSY TO SHARE HIS LOVE OF LIFE WITH THOSE AROUND HIM HE TAUGHT US TO LOVE THE OUTDOORS HE LOVED WATCHING DOGS FLUSH A COVY HE LOVED LANDING THE ILLUSIVE STRIPER AND ONCE CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR HE SEEMED HAPPIEST SITTING INK HIS FAVORITE PERCH

AT THE BACK PORCH OF WALKER’S POINT CONTEMPLATING THE MAGIC OF THE ATLANTIC THE HE WAS A GENUINELY OPTIMISTIC MAN AND THAT OPTIMISM GUIDED HIS CHILDREN AND MADE EACH OF US BELIEVE THAT ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE HE CONTINUALLY BROADENED HIS HORIZONS WITH DARING DECISIONS HE WAS 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 UNTIL HIS TIME AS A PUBLIC FIGURE FORCED HIS HAND HE LEARNED OF THE ATTACK, THE MISSION COMPLETED WE LEARNED OF THE DEATH OF HIS CREW MATES WHOM HE THOUGHT ABOUT THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE AND WE LEARN LEARNED OF THE RES AND THEN ANOTHER AUDACIOUS DECISION, HE MOVED HIS YOUNG FAMILY FROM THE COMFORTS OF THE EAST COAST TO ODESSA, TEXAS HE AND MOM ADJUSTED TO THEIR A ARID SURROUNDING QUICKLY, HE WAS A TOLERANT MAN, AFTER ALL HE WAS KIND AND NEIGHBORLY TO THE WOMEN HE AND MOM AND I SHARED A BATHROOM IN OUR SMALL DUPLEX, ENEVEN AFTER HE LEARNED A PROFESSION, LADIES OF THE NIGHT DAD COULD RELATE TO PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE HE WAS AN EMPATHETIC MAN HE VALUED CHARACTER OVER PEDIGREE, HE WAS NO IS IN IN THIS CASE HE LOOKED FOR THE GOOD IN EACH PERSON AND USUALLY FOUND IT DAD TAUGHT US THAT PUBLIC SERVICE IS NOBLE AND NECESSARY, THAT ONE CAN SERVE WITH INTEGRITY AND HOLD TRUE TO THE IMPORTANT VALUES LIKE FAITH AND FAMILY HE STRONGLY BELIEVED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY IN WHICH ONE LIVED HE RECOGNIZED THAT SERVING OTHERS IN WHICH THE GIVER SAW, TO US, HIS WAS THE BRIGHTEST OF A THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT IN VICTORY HE SHARED 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 US HOW SETBACKS CAN STRENGTHEN NONE OF HIS DISAPPOINTMENTS COULD COMPARE TO ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST TRAGEDIES, THE LOSS OF A YOUNG CHILD JEB AND I WERE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER THE PAIN AND AGONY HE AND MOM FELT WHEN OUR 3-YEAR-OLD SISTER DIED WE ONLY LEARNED LATER THAT DAD, A MAN OF QUIET FAITH, PRAYED FOR HER DAILY HE WAS SUSTAINED BY THE LOVE OF THE ALMIGHTY AND REAL AND ENDURING LOVE OF HER MOM DAD ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT ONE DAY HE WOULD HUG HIS PRECIOUS ROBIN AGAIN HE LOVED TO LAUGH ESPECIALLY AT HIMSELF HE COULD TEASE AND NEEDLE BUT NEVER OUT OF MALICE HE PLACED GREAT VALUE ON A GOOD JOKE WHY HE SHOWS SIMPSON TO SPEAK [ Laughter ] ON E-MAIL HE HAD A CIRCLE FRIENDS WITH WHICH HE SHARED AND RECEIVED THE GREATEST JOKES HIS GRADING SYSTEM FOR THE QUALITY OF THE JOKE WAS CLASSIC GEORGE BUSH THE RARE 7th AND 8th WERE CONSIDERED HUGE WINNERS MOST OF THEM OFF COLOR GEORGE BUSH KNEW HOW TO BE A TRUE AND LOYAL FRIEND, HE NURTURED AND HONORED HIS MANY FRIENDSHIPS WITH A GENEROUS AND GIVING SOUL THERE EXISTS THOUSANDS OF HANDWRITTEN NOTES ENCOURAGING OR SYMPATHIZING OR THANKING HIS FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES HE HAD AN ENORMOUS CAPACITY TO GIVE OF HIMSELF MANY A PERSON WOULD TELL YOU THAT DAD BECAME A MENTOR AND A FATHER FIGURE IN THEIR LIFE HE LISTENED AND HE CONSOLED HE WAS THEIR FRIEND I THINK OF DON RHODES, JIM NAN NANCE, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER AND PERHAPS THE UNLIKELIEST OF ALL THE MAN WHO DEFEATED HIM, BILL CLINTON MY SIBLINGS AND I REFER TO THE GUYS IN THIS GROUP AS, BROTHERS FROM OTHER MOTHERS HE TAUGHT US THAT A DAY WAS NOT MEANT TO BE WASTED, HE PLAYED GOLF AT A LEGENDARY PACE I ALWAYS WONDER WHY HE INSISTED ON SPEED GOLF, HE’S A GOOD

GOLFER BUT HERE IS MY CONCLUSION, HE PLAYED FAST SO HE COULD MOVE ON TO THE NEXT EVENT TO ENJOY THE REST OF THE DAY, TO EXPEND HIS ENORMOUS ENERGY, TO LIVE IT ALL HE WAS BORN WITH JUST TWO SETTINGS, FULL THROTTLE THEN SLEEP HE TAUGHT US WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WONDERFUL FATHER, GRANDFATHER AND GREAT GRANDFATHER HE WAS FIRM IN HIS PRINCIPLES AND SUPPORTIVE AS WE BEGAN TO SEEK OUR OWN WAYS HE ENCOURAGED AND COMFORTED BUT NEVER STEERED WE TESTED HIS PATIENCE, I KNOW I DID BUT HE ALWAYS RESPONDED WITH THE GREAT GIFT OF UNCONDITIONAL LO LOVE LAST FRIDAY WHEN I WAS TOLD HE HAD MINUTES TO LIVE, I CALLED HIM THE GUY ANSWERED THE PHONE SAID, I THINK HE CAN HEAR YOU BUT HE HADN’T SAID ANYTHING FOR MOST OF THE DAY I SAID, DAD, I LOVE YOU, YOU’VE BEEN A WONDERFUL FATHER AND THE LAST WORDS HE WOULD EVER SAY ON EARTH WERE, “I LOVE YOU, TOO.” TO US HE WAS CLOSE TO PERFECT BUT NOT TOTALLY PERFECT HIS SHORT GAME WAS LOUSY HE WASN’T EXACTLY FRED ASTAIR ON THE DANCE FLOOR THE MAN COULDN’T STOMACH VEGETABLES ESPECIALLY BROCCOLI AND BY THE WAY, HE PASSED THESE GENETIC DEFECTS ALONG TO US FINALLY EVERY DAY OF HIS 73 YEARS OF MARRIAGE, DAD TAUGHT US ALL WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GREAT HUSBAND HE MARRIED HIS SWEETHEART HE ADORED HER HE LAUGHED AND CRIED WITH HER HE WAS DEDICATED TO HER TOTALLY IN HIS OLD AGE DAD ENJOYED WAT WATCHING POLICE SHOW RERUNS THE VOLUME ON HIGH ALL THE WHILE HOLDING MOM’S HAND AFTER MOM DIED, DAD WAS STRONG BUT ALL HE REALLY WANTED TO DO WAS HOLD MOM’S HAND AGAIN OF COURSE DAD TAUGHT ME ANOTHER SPECIAL LESSON, HE SHOWED IT 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 WHEN HISTORY BOOKS ARE WRITTEN, THEY WILL SAY THAT GEORGE H.W BUSH WAS A GREAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES A DIPLOMAT OF UNMATCHED SKILL A COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF FORMIDABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND A GENTLEMAN WHO EXECUTED THE DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE WITH DIGNITY AND HONOR IN HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS THE 41st PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAID THIS, WE CANNOT HOPE ONLY TO LEAVE OUR CHILDREN A BIGGER CAR, A BIGGER BANK ACCOUNT WE MUST HOPE TO GIVE THEM A SENSE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LOYAL FRIEND A LOVING PARENT, A CITIZEN WHO LEADS HIS HOME, HIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND TOWN BETTER THAN HE FOUND IT WHAT DO WE WANT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK WITH US TO SAY WHEN WE ARE NO LONGER THERE THAT WE WERE MORE DRIVEN TO SUCCEED THAN ANYONE AROUND US OR THAT WE STOP TO ASK OF A SICK CHILD HAD GOTTEN BETTER AND STAYED A MOMENT THERE TO TRADE A WORD OF FRIENDSHIP WELL DAD WE’LL REMEMBER YOU FOR EXACTLY THAT AND MUCH MORE AND WE’RE GOING TO MISS YOU 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 IN OUR GRIEF, LET US SMILE KNOWING THAT DAD IS HUGGING ROBIN AND HOLDING MOM’S HAND AGAIN [ Applause ] ♪

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW JESUS SAID, YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, A CITY ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN NEITHER DO PEOPLE LIGHT A LAMP AND PUT IT UNDER A BOWL INSTEAD THEY PUT IT ON ITS STAND AND IT GIVES LIGHT TO EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE IN THE SAME WAY, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD DEEDS AND PRAISE YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD BOW YOUR HEADS IN PRAYER, PLEASE ALMIGHTY GOD, ALL COMFORT CONSOLE US OF ALL LIGHT, STRENGTHEN US OF ALL LOVE, INSPIRE US TO LOVE YOU AND THOSE YOU SEND OUR WAY AMEN PLEASE BE SEATED IT IS A TREMENDOUS HONOR TO FOLLOW THESE SPEAKERS AND ESPECIALLY SOMEONE WHOM I ADMIRE SO MUCH OUR 43rd PRESIDENT, SIR YOUR FATHER ALWAYS WELCOMED MY VISITS AND NEVER MADE ME FEEL RUSHED AND ALWAYS SAID THANK YOU FOR COMING NEVER MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS GOING ON TOO LONG YOUR MOTHER — USUALLY SAID, GOOD SERMON, TOO LONG I GOT YOUR E-MAIL I LIKED YOUR MOTHER LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CHILDREN OF GOD, WHEN DEATH COMES AS IT DOES TO US ALL, LIFE IS CHANGED, NOT ENDED UP AND THE WAY WE LIVE OUR LIVES THE DECISIONS WE MAKE, THE SERVICE WE RENDER MATTER THEY MATTER TO OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS, TO THIS WORLD THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US AND THEY MATTER TO GOD A FEW PEOPLE HAVE UNDERSTOOD THIS AS WELL OR LIVED THEIR LIVES AS ACCORDINGLY AS PRESIDENT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH HEAR WHAT I SAID, LIVED IT, NOT EARNED IT OR STRIVED TO ACHIEVE IT, IT WAS AS NATURAL TO HIM AS BREATHING IS TO EACH OF US

PRESIDENT BUSH WAS A GOOD MAN, A DECENT MAN, A GOD LEHMAN FULL OF GRACE AND LOVE AND A QUALITY OF ABSOLUTE NECESSITY TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD HUMILITY GROUNDED IN A DESIRE TO SERVE HIS GOD AND ALL GOD SENT HIS W WAY HOW DO I KNOW THIS? BECAUSE FOR NEARLY A DOZEN YEARS MY WIFE, LAURA AND OUR CHILDREN AND I WE HAVE LAUGHED WITH HIM, WE HAVE FISHED WITH HIM PRESIDENT BUSH BROUGHT UP RIDING INFIDEL TEE, THE SECRET SERVICE WAS BEHIND US, I SAW MANY REACHING FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WERE PROTECTIVE ARMOR THEN I REALIZED THEY WERE ACTUALLY CROSSING THEMSELVES WE’VE BEEN BLESSED TO SHARE MEALS AND TEARS AND MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND PRAYERS IN TIMES OF GREAT STRENGTH AND TIMES OF GREAT WEAKNESS NEVER, NOT ONCE, DID I WITNESS ANYTHING BUT CARE AND CONCERN FOR THOSE AROUND HIM THE JOB OF A PASTOR, A PRIEST, A RABBI, WHEN DEALING WITH SOMEONE HE OR SHE IS CALLED TO SERVE, TO CALL ON THEM, TO LOOK TO GOD, TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO SERVE OTHERS AND TO LOVE PRESIDENT BUSH MADE MY JOB SO EASY FROM THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES REMIND US THAT GOD IS LIGHT AND THE PRESIDENT REFLECTED THAT LIGHT HIS WHOLE LIFE THROUGH HE ONCE SAID I’M A MAN WHO SEES LIFE IN TERMS OF MISSIONS, DEFINED AND MISSIONS COMPLETED WE WERE CALLED WITH THE LIGHT WHEN HE REMINDED AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS OF HIS MISSION TO BE POINTS OF LIGHT WITH BUT ONE A AIM, TO LEAVE OUR WORLD BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT I HAVE A POLITICAL CARTOON OF THE 41st PRESIDENT, I KEEP IT IN MY DESK WITH CHARACTER TOUR BIG EARS, HE’S SIT INK HIS DESK LOOKING AT HIS WATCH SAYING TO HIMSELF, COMMUNISM IS DEAD, THE WALL IS DOWN, APARTHEID IS FALLING, MANDELA IS FREE, THE SAND KNEE STREETS ARE OUSTED, THE COLD WAR IS OVER, I RETURN MY CALLS AND HECK IT’S NOT EVEN LUNCH TIME WE SOMETIMES FORGET ALL THAT PRESIDENT BUSH DID FOR US IN LARGE PART BECAUSE HE PREFERRED TO SHINE NOT UPON HIMSELF, BUT TO SHINE TO OTHERS SEVERAL YEARS AGO PRESIDENT BUSH GAVE ME THIS PLAQUE ON THE BACK IS A NOTE, RUSS, GOOD FRIEND GAVE MEth TO ME, MAY BE OF HELP TO YOU IN SOME WAY IT READS SIMPLY, PRAISE CHRIST AT ALL TIMES IF NECESSARY, USE WORDS IT REMAINS ON MY DESK AS A REMINDER THAT FAITH MEANS MORE THAN WORDS JESUS CHRIST FOR GEORGE BUSH WAS AT THE HEART OF HIS FAITH BUT HIS WAS A DEEP FAITH, A GENEROUS FAITH, A SIMPLE FAITH IN THE BEST SENSE OF THE WORD HE KNEW THAT WITH JESUS’ TWO GREATEST COMMANDMENTS TO LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR THE PRESIDENT LOVED AND SERVED NOT JUST SOME BUT ALL THAT GOD SENT HIS WAY HE LIVED HIS OWN ADAGE THAT TOLERANCE IS A VIRTUE NOT A VI VICE HE RESPECTED AND BEFRIENDED CHRISTIANS OF EVERY DENOMINATION AS WELL AS JEWS AND MUSLIMS AND BUDDHISTS AND SIKHS HIS COMRADES WERE FROM EVERY NATION AND RACE YES, HE WAS A REPUBLICAN, BUT FOR HIM POLITICAL PARTIES WERE BUT A LINE IN THE SAND TO BRUSH AWAY IN TIMES OF THE GREATEST GOOD OF WORKING TOWARD HIS GOAL FOR ALL OF US TO BE THAT KINDER AND GENTLER NATION THE GOSPEL THAT WAS JUST READ A MOMENT AGO REMINDS US THAT JESUS TOLD HIS FOLLOWERS TO BE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD SO THAT THE WORLD COULD TURN THEIR HEARTS TOWARD GOD AND TOWARD OTHERS, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE OTHERS SO THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GIVE GLORY TO YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN AND SO WAS PRESIDENT BUSH AS LIFE WAS DEFINED BY HIS FAITH AND SERVICE THAT ARE WORTHY OF ALL THOSE MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE IN SEPTEMBER OF 1990, PRESIDENT BUSH SPOKE TO THOSE GATHERED OUTSIDE THOSE DOORS FOR THE DEDICATION OF THIS GREAT CATHEDRAL AND HE POINTED INSIDE TO THAT

MAGNIFICENT ROSE WINDOW RIGHT THERE FROM THE OUTSIDE, AND HE SPOKE THESE WORDS FROM WHERE WE NOW STAND, THE ROSE HIGH ABOVE SCENES BLACK AND FORMLESS TO SOME PERHAPS, BUT WHEN WE ENTER WE SEE IT BACK LIT BY THE SUN, IT DAZZLES AND ASTONISHING SPLENDOR REMINDS US THAT WITHOUT FAITH WE, TOO, ARE BUT STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN THE DARK THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTOOD THAT EVEN IN THE DARKEST OF NIGHTS THINGS CAN BE TRANSFORMED IF HANDED OVER TO THE REDEMPTIVE POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY NO ONE ON THAT FIRST GOOD FRIDAY EXPECTED EASTER SUNDAY BUT IT CAME IT CAME BECAUSE THE LIGHT THAT BROUGHT CREATION INTO BEING ALSO BROUGHT LIFE FROM THE GRAVE WE CALL THAT RESURRECTION ONLY DAYS AGO, I WAS HUMBLED ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S STAFF, HIS OUTSTANDING AND LOYAL MEDICAL TEAM, SO MANY FRIENDS, SULLY, WHO I BELIEVE HAS GOTTEN MORE PRESS THAN THE PRESIDENT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS LOVING MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY WHO CALLED IN, WHO SPOKE WITH HIM THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND AS OUR 43rd PRESIDENT JUST SAID, INSPIRED HIS LAST WORDS, WORDS OF LOVE SITTING WITH US WAS SOMEONE THE PRESIDENT LIKED TO CALL HIS LITTLE BROTHER, JAMES BAKER AND HIS WIFE, SUSAN AS I SAID THERE HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL HUGS AND KIND WORDS THROUGHOUT THE DAY, KISSES THROUGHOUT THE DAY, TOWARD THE END SECRETARY BAKER AND I WERE SITTING ON A SOFA A FEW STEPS AWAY HE WHISPERED TO ME, YOU KNOW, THAT MAN CHANGED MY LIFE A BIT LATER SECRETARY BAKER WAS AT THE FOOT OF THE PRESIDENT’S BED TOWARD THE END, JIM BAKKER RUBBED AND STROKED THE PRES PRESIDENT’S FEET FOR PERHAPS HALF AN HOUR THE PRESIDENT SMILED AT THE COMFORT OF HIS DEAR FRIEND HERE I WITNESSED A WORLD LEADER WHO WAS SERVING A SERVANT WHO HAD BEEN OUR WORLD’S LEADER IN WHAT CAME TO MIND WAS JESUS ON THAT LAST NIGHT BEFORE HIS OWN CRUCIFIXION HAVING SAID EVERYTHING THERE WAS TO SAY, HE WRAPPED A TOWEL AROUND HIS WAIST WITHOUT WORDS HE WASHED HIS DISCIPLES FEET AS JESUS FINISHED HE SAID, I SET AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU, DO AS I HAVE DONE, SERVE ONE ANOTHER, BY THIS THE WORLD WILL KNOW YOU’RE MY DISCIPLES IF YOU SERVE AND IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER AT THE END, WE ALL KNELT WE ALL PLACED OUR HANDS ON THE PRESIDENT, WE SAID OUR PRAYERS TOGETHER AND THEN WE WERE SILENT FOR FULL LONG MEASURE AS THIS MAN, WHO CHANGED ALL OF OUR LIVES, WHO CHANGED OUR NATION, WHO CHANGED OUR WORLD, LEFT IT RIGHT FOR THE NEXT IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL END, IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING FOR A MOMENT, AND A MOMENT ONLY, THAT DEAR POINT OF LIGHT WE KNOW AS GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH DIMMED, BUT IT NOW SHINES BRIGHTER THAN IT EVER BEFORE HAS AND NOW THIS GOD LEHMAN, THIS SERVANT, THIS CHILD OF GOD IS IN THE LOVING ARMS OF BARBARA AND ROBIN AND THE WELCOMING ARMS OF OUR LORD WHO EMBRACED HIM WITH HIS DIVINE LOVE SOME HAVE SAID IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, THIS IS AN END OF AN ERA BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERHAPS IT’S AN INVITATION TO FILL THE HOLE THAT HAS WHETHER BET BEHIND PRESIDENT SO LOVED HIS CHURCH, HE LOVED THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH HE SO LOVED OUR GREAT NATION, SO LOVED YOU, HIS FRIENDS, SO LOVED EVERY MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY BUT HE WAS SO READY TO GO TO HEAVEN AND HEAVEN WAS SO READY TO RECEIVE HIM BECAUSE HE LIVED THOSE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS, IF YOU WANT TO HONOR HIM AND IF YOU CALL YOURSELF A DAUGHTER OR A SON OF GOD, THEN LOVE GOD LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

NO GREATER MISSION ON PLANET EARTH MY HUNCH IS, HEAVEN AS PERFECT AS IT MUST BE JUST GOT A BIT KINDER AND GENTLER LEAVING BEHIND THAT HOLE FOR YOU AND ME TO FILL, HOW? PREACH CHRIST AT ALL TIMES IF NECESSARY USE WORDS MR. PRESIDENT, MISSION COMPLETE WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS WELCOME TO YOUR ETERNAL HOME WHERE CEILING AND VISIBILITY ARE UNLIMITED AND THE LIFE GOES ON FOREVER AMEN ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ BIG AND SMALL WAYS ♪ WILL KEEP THE LOVE THAT KEEPS US STRONG ♪ AND FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS FOREVER ♪ IF THE LORD’S THE LORD OF TH THEM ♪ AND A FRIEND WILL NOT SAY NE NEVER ♪ CAUSE THE WELCOME WILL NOT E END ♪ THOUGH IT’S HARD TO LET YOU G GO ♪ IN THE FATHER’S HANDS WE KNOW ♪ THAT A LIFETIME’S NOT TOO LO LONG ♪ TO LIVE AS FRIENDS ♪ WITH THE FAITH AND LOVE GOD’S GIVEN ♪ SPRINGING FROM THE HOPE WE KNOW SNOW WE WILL PRAY THE JOY YOU’LL LIVE IN ♪ IS THE STRENGTH THAT NOW YOU SHOW SNOW ♪ BUT WE’LL KEEP YOU CLOSE AS ALWAYS ♪ IT WON’T EVEN SEEM YOU’VE GO GONE ♪ CAUSE OUR HEARTS IN BIG AND SMALL WAYS ♪ WILL KEEP THE LOVE THAT KEEPS US STRONG ♪ AND FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS FOR FOREVER ♪ IF THE LORD’S THE LORD OF TH THEM ♪ AND A FRIEND WILL KNOTTED SAY NEVER ♪ CAUSE THE WELCOME WILL NOT E END ♪ THOUGH IT’S HARD TO LET YOU G GO ♪ IN THE FATHER’S HANDS WE KNOW ♪ THAT A LIFETIME’S NOT TOO LONG ♪ TO LIVE AS FRIENDS ♪ AND FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS FOR FOREVER ♪ IF THE LORD’S THE LORD OF TH THEM ♪ AND A FRIEND WILL NOT SAY NE NEVER ♪ CAUSE THE WELCOME WILL NOT E END ♪ THOUGH IT’S HARD TO LET YOU G GO ♪ IN THE FATHER’S HANDS WE KNOW ♪ THAT A LIFETIME’S NOT TOO LO LONG ♪

TO LIVE AS FRIENDS ♪ THAT A LIFETIME’S NOT TOO LO LONG ♪ TO LIVE AS FRIENDS ♪ >> IN THE ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE GIVEN AT BAPTISM, LET US PROCLAIM OUR FAITH AND SAY, I BELIEVE IN GOD, THE FATHER A ALMIGHTY, CREATE OR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON OUR LORD HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED AND WAS BURIED HE DEFENDED TO THE DEAD, ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS, FORG FORGIS OF ZIPINS RESURRECTION OF THE BODY AND THE LIFE EVERLASTING AMEN ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ THY KINGDOM COME ♪ THY WILL BE DONE ♪ ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN ♪ GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> FOR OUR BROTHER GEORGE, LET

US PRAY TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO SAID, I AM RESURRECTION AND I AM LIFE LORD, YOU CONSOLED MARTHA AND MARY IN THEIR DISTRESS DRAW NEAR TO US, WHO MOURN FOR GEORGE, AND DRY THE TEARS OF THOSE WHO WEEP >> HEAR US LORD YOU WE WANT AT THE GRAVE OF LAZARUS YOUR FRIEND COMFORT US IN OUR SORROW >> HEAR US OH LORD YOU RAISED THE DEAD TO LIFE GIVE TO OUR BROTHER ETERNAL LIFE >> HEAR US, OH LORD YOU PROMISED PARADISE TO THE THIEF WHO REPENTED BRING OUR BROTHER TO THE JOYS OF HEAVEN >> HEAR US, OH LORD OUR BROTHER WAS WASHED IN BAPTISM AND ANOINTED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVE HIM FELLOWSHIP WITH ALL YOUR SAINTS >> HEAR US, OH, LORD COMFORT US IN OUR SORROWS AT THE DEATH OF OUR BROTHER LET OUR FAITH BE OUR CONSOLATION AND ETERNAL LIFE OUR HOPE >> HEAR US, OH LORD FATHER OF ALL, WE PRAY TO YOU FOR GEORGE AND FOR ALL THOSE WHOM WE LOVE BUT SEE NO LONGER GRANT TO THEM ETERNAL REST LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE ON THEM MAY HIS SOUL AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE AMEN ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> GIVE REST, OH CHRIST, TO YOUR SERVANT WITH YOUR SAINTS WHERE SORROW AND PAIN ARE NO MORE, NEITHER SIGHING BUT LIFE EVERLASTING >> YOU ONLY ARE A MORTAL, THE CREATOR AND MAKER OF MANKIND, AND WE ARE MORTAL, FORMED OF THE EARTH AND TO EARTH SHALL WE RETURN FOR SO DID YOU ORDAIN, WHEN YOU CREATED ME, SAYING, YOU ARE DUST, AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN ALL OF US GO DOWN TO THE DUST, YET EVEN AT THE GRAVE, WE MAKE OUR SONG, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH >> SERVING WITH YOUR SAINTS, WHERE SORROW AND PAIN ARE NO MORE, NOR SIGHING >> INTO YOUR HANDS, OH, MERCIFUL SAVIOR, WE COMMEND YOUR SERVANT GEORGE ACKNOWLEDGE, WE HUMBLY BESIEVE YOU, AS CHIEF OF YOUR OWN FOLD, A LAMB OF YOUR OWN FLOCK, A SINNER OF YOUR OWN REDEEMING RECEIVE GEORGE INTO THE ARMS OF YOUR MERCY, INTO THE BLESSED REST OF EVERLASTING PEACE AND INTO THE GLORIOUS COMPANY OF THE SAINTS IN LIGHT AMEN >> NOW MAY THE GOD OF PEACE WHO BROUGHT AGAIN FROM THE DEAD OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE GREAT SHEPHERD OF THE SHEEP, THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT, MAKE YOU PERFECT TO DO HIS WILL, WORKING IN YOU THAT WHICH IS WELL PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT, THE BLESSING OF GOD ALMIGHTY THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT BE ON YOU AND REMAIN WITH YOU IN THIS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE THIS DAY AND FOREVERMORE, AMEN >> LET US GO FORTH IN THE NAME OF CHRIST THANKS BE TO GOD ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪

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THE 41st PRESIDENT BEING REMEMBERED AS AMERICA’S LAST GREAT SOLDIER STATESMAN THE LAST OF HIS KIND, THE LAST PRESIDENT OF THE GREATEST GENERATION BEING HONORED IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL AT THE BEAUTIFUL NATI NATIONAL CATHEDR, EULOGIZED BY FOUR CLOSE FRIENDS, WITNESSED BY FIVE LIVING PRESIDENTS, ALL SITTING THERE IN THE FRONT EROW, AND, DESPITE THE SOMBER OCCASION, THE FACT THAT IT IS A DAY OF NATIONAL MOURNING, THERE WERE MANY LIGHT-HEARTED MOMENTS AS WELL, AS HIS FRIENDS CELEBRATED A MAN WHO ENJOYED A GOOD JOKE, APPARENTLY A GOOD GLASS OF VODKA, AND THE COMPANY OF HIS FRIENDS, WHETHER IT WAS FISHING OR PLAYING SPORTS OR GOLF A TRULY BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL CEREMONY >> IT HIT MANY NOTES WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPEAKERS I LOVED JON MEACHAM WHO OPENED UP HE’S SUCH A GREAT STORY TELLER BUT WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT SURVIVING WHEN HIS PLANTE WENT DOWN AND WHEN GEORGE BUSH WONDERED ALOUD WHY DID HE SURVIVE, THEN HE WRAPPED UP TO SAY HE HAD THE HEARTBEAT OF A LION AND LOVED US AND LED US AND THAT’S WHY HE WAS SPARED HE TIED IT TOGETHER IN A NEAT BOW >> IT WAS THE DEFINING MOMENT IN MANY WAYS FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH ENLISTING DURING WORLD WAR II, BECOMING THE YOUNGEST NAVY PILOT IN WORLD WAR II HISTORY AND HAUNTED HIM UNTIL HIS FINAL DAYS THE LOST OF HIS CREWMATES >> THE LINE OF HIS LIFE INCLUDES ALL THE QUALITIES WE SEE IN THE BEST PRESIDENTS, DUTY, SACRIFICE, HONOR, AND KNEEING THOSE TOGETHER IN THE FAMILY LIFE AS WELL, AND THESE ARE THE ATTRIBUTES WE ASSOCIATE WITH OUR BEST PUBLIC FIGURES AND WE SEE THE REAL POWER OF THEM TO MOVE A FAMILY, A NATION AND THE WORLD >> YOU HAVE BEEN, JOHN, WHY I THINK THESE RITUALS OF DEMOCRACY ARE SO IMPORTANT IS WE SEE NOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE REMEMBERED FOR NOBODY MENTIONED THAT GEORGE BUSH WAS A REPUBLICAN, NOBODY MENTIONED THE POLITICS OR THE POLITICAL VICTORIES THAT HE HAD WE REMEMBERED HIS CHARACTER, AND THAT, IN FACT, IS WHAT MAKES THIS COUNTRY THE GREAT COUNTRY IT IS >> THE CHARACTER OF OUR LEADERS ANYONE WHO HAS THE PRIVILEGE OF COVERING THE PRESIDENCY KNOWS PRESIDENTS ON A DAILY BASIS THINK TO THEMSELVES IF THE COUNTRY COULD ONLY SEE WHAT I SEE AND UNDERSTAND WHY I’M DOING WHAT I’M DOING, THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND BETTER, AND THE MOMENTARY ANALYSIS OFTENTIMES FRUSTRATES SITTING PRESIDENTS BECAUSE THEY FEEL THERE’S A BIG PART OF THE STORY THAT’S ALWAYS LEFT OUT IN THE DAY-TO-DAY HYPER RAPID ANALYSIS AND WHEN PRESIDENTS LEAVE OFFICE, THOSE AROUND THEM, FAMILY, FRIENDS, BEGIN THE PROCESS OF EXPLAINING THAT LEGACY, WHEN THE MOMENT COMES TO THE COUNTRY, ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THE PRESIDENT KNEW THAT MAYBE THE COUNTRY DIDN’T KNOW AT THE TIME WHAT WE’VE HAD IN THE LAST FOUR DAYS IS A VERY WELL-ORGANIZED, REASSESSMENT OF THIS PRESIDENTY, THINGS HE KNEW AND WAS DOING THAT TURNED OUT TO BE PROD PRODUCTIVE, STRATEGIC AND WELL ANALYZED AND WE BENEFITED FROM, BUT IN THE MOMENT OF TIME, NOT NEARLY AS WELL APPRECIATED >> BUT THIS SERVICE WAS ALSO, IN SOME WAYS, EVEN BIGGER THAN THAT, BECAUSE IT WAS A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE AND THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE A GREAT PRESIDENT, BUT IT WAS ALSO AN INSPIRATION IT WAS ABOUT A MAN WHO LIVED LIFE AS AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS HE WAS SOMEONE WHO BELIEVED IN CAUSES BIGGER THAN HIMSELF AS HIS SON SAID, YOU KNOW, HE WAS A LOYAL FRIEND, A LOVING FATHER AND HUSBAND, AND SOMEONE INSPIRING EVERYONE TO BE A CITIZEN WHO LEFT THE WORLD AND THE COMMUNITY BETTER THAN THEY FOUND IT I MEAN, THIS WAS A CELEBRATION AND, ALSO, AN INSPIRATION AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHEN HE HAD THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE, YOU SAW THAT THEME GOING THROUGH ALL THESE EULOGIES, WHAT THAT MEANT TO HIM TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST, TO EMBRACE EVERY MOMENT I LOVED WHEN GEORGE W. BUSH SAID HE HAD TWO SPEEDS, HE WENT FULL THROTTLE AND THEN SLEEP HOW GREAT IS THAT, THAT WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM THAT, THAT EVERYONE CAN LEARN FROM THAT >> YEAH THIS NATIONAL SERVICE WILL CAP THREE DAYS OF REMEMBRANCES HERE IN D.C., AND YOU WILL SEE THE ENTIRE FUNERAL CORTAGE WILL MAKE ITS WAY TO FORT ANDREWS WITH A SENDOFF ON GEORGE BUSH 41, WHERE HE WILL RETURN TO HOUSTON AND

LIE IN ST. MARTINS EPISCOPAL CHURCH BEFORE BURIAL AT THE FAMILY PLOT AT THE BURIAL GROUNDS AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY THERE’S A TRAIN TO TAKE HIM TO TEXAS A&M IT’S BEING CALLED LOCAL 4141, AND BLUE AND WHITE JUST LIKE AIR FORCE ONE JEFF GLOR AND BIANNA GOLODRYGA ARE OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL JEFF, BIANNA >> A REMARKABLE MOMENT JUST BEFORE THE HEARSE WAS TAKEN AWAY AS THE FAMILY CAME OUT, THEY WALKED AWAY, AND THEY LOOKED AT THE CLERGY STANDING RIGHT BY THE HEARSE AND SAID THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING TODAY ALL OF THEM DID THAT GEORGE W., JEB IT WAS SORT OF AMAZING TO SEE AND FITTING WITH WHAT IS THE THEME HERE THAT THIS IS THE MOST FORMAL AND CHOREOGRAPHED OF EVENTS, A STATE FUNERAL, BUT THE COMMON THEME WAS SIMPLE AND THAT WAS FRIENDSHIP AND PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT WHAT GEORGE H.W BUSH MEANT TO THEM >> TO HEAR THE BUSH FAMILY PASTOR OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS REALLY GET INTO THE DETAIL AND TALK ABOUT JIM BAKER THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I’VE SEEN JIM BAKER CRY AND LIKELY BREAK DOWN, WHEN HE DESCRIBED THE MOMENT IN THOSE FINAL FEW MOMENTS OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT’S LIFE, WHERE JIM BAKER, HIS LIFE-LONG FRIEND, HIS CONFIDANT OTHER THAN HIS WIFE BARBARA BUSH WAS RUBBING HIS FEET, RUBBING THE FEET OF HIS LONG-TIME BEST FRIEND, AS WE ARE WATCHING THIS HEARSE PULL AWAY, NOW, AND CARRY THE FORMER PRESIDENT TO THE PLANE, OF COURSE, THAT WILL BE DEPARTING FOR HOUSTON THE FAMILY MEMBERS THERE ARE IN THE BUSES AND WILL FLY WITH HIM AS WELL TO A PRIVATE CEREMONY, ONE OF THE TWO CEREMONIES FOR THE FORMER PRESIDENT BEFORE HIS FINAL BURIAL IN COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS >> THE HEARSE RIGHT NOW IS ABOUT 150 FEET OVER OUR LEFT SHOULDER AS IT MAKES ITS WAY TO JOINT BASE ANDREWS, AGAIN, PULLING AWAY FROM THE GARBLE CATHEDRAL HERE EVER SO SLOWLY AS THE PROCESSION CONTINUES >> IF I CAN JUST SAY, IN ADDITION TO THE FAMILY, OBVIOUSLY, REFERRING TO THEIR LOVING FATHER AND PATRIARCH, THE WORDS OF FORMER CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER BR BRIAN MULRONEY TALKG ABOUT HIS PRESIDENT AND FRIEND AND A REVERED WORLD LEADER AND THE ADMIRATION THAT NOT ONLY HE BUT THE ENTIRE WORLD HATH HAD FOR HIM AS A LEADER OF WHAT HE CALLED THE GREATEST DEMOCRACY ON THE PLANET AND THE MOST ADMIRED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AND THAT BEING THE UNITED STATES, TALKING ABOUT THE DETAIL THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD GO INTO WRITING NOTES WE KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVED WRITING NOTES TO FRIENDS, TO IT POLITICAL FOES, MADE A BOOK OUT OF IT, TO JOURNALISTS AS WELL BUT TO HEAR HIS WORDS, IT GOES BACK TO WHAT WE WERE SAYING ABOUT HOW MUCH RESPECT THERE WAS FROM LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD, STILL COMING IN, WHAT AN IMPACT HE HAD ON A GLOBAL STAGE, AND WE’LL BE CONTINUING TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS IMPACT AND THE LEGACY THAT HE REALLY DID LEAVE BEHIND >> BRIAN MULRONEY QUITING WOODEN SHIPS, SAILING SHIPS, SHIPS THAT SAIL THE SEA BUT THE BEST SHIPS ARE FRIENDSHIPS AND MAY THEY ALWAYS BE FOR MULRONEY, TO MEACHAM, TO SIMPSON, TO GEORGE W. BUSH, EVERYBODY BROUGHT SOMETHING TO THIS EXTRAORDINARY EVENT, AND IT’S RIVETING TO LISTEN TO >> PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, AS WE KNOW, WAS TRYING HARD NOT TO CRY AND BREAK DOWN HE ALMOST GOT THERE UNTIL THE VERY END AND, OF COURSE, NOBODY CAN BLAME HIM WHEN HE GOT EMOTIONAL TALKING ABOUT HIS FATHER REUNITING NOT ONLY WITH HIS MOTHER BUT, OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE SISTER THAT HE DOESN’T REMEMBER SO WELL BUT, OBVIOUSLY, HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE HEARING STORIES ABOUT ROBIN WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF THREE >> PART OF WHAT WAS SO IMPACTFUL ABOUT GEORGE W. BUSH’S SPEECH AT THE END, AFTER HE GOT EMOTIONAL, IS, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS NO ROUND OF APPLAUSE AFTER ANY OTHER SPEECH, AND THERE WAS IMMEDIATELY RIGHT AFTER THAT >> IT CAME FROM THE HEART DID AND YOU SAW HIM SIT DOWN AND SHOOK HANDS WITH HIS BROTHER AND SAID HI TO HIS FAMILY AGAIN >> YEAH HE KNOWS HOW TO BREAK THE ICE HE ALWAYS HAS IT’S BEEN A SPECIAL GIFT THAT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH HAS HAD, JOKING ABOUT HIS FATHER AND

HIS LACK OF LOVE FOR VEGETABLES >> DEFECTS THAT WERE PASSED ALONG TO CHILDREN >> RIGHT, AND I BELIEVE WE SAW HIM PASS A MINT OR SOMETHING TO MICHELLE OBAMA AS WELL, MAYBE REENACTING THEIR MOMENT TOGETHER AT JOHN MCCAIN’S FUNERAL SO THERE WERE A LOT OF TOUCHING MOMENTS HERE AS WE PASS IT ON BACK TO NORAH AND GAYLE AND JOHN IN THE STUDIO >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, JEFF AND BIANNA WE WANT TO MENTION THAT BECAUSE, AS YOU TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT EULOGIZING HIS FATHER, HE CALLED HIM THE BRIGHTEST OF A THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT LET’S LISTEN TO THAT >> WHEN THE HISTORY BOOKS ARE WRITTEN, THEY WILL SAY THAT GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS A GREAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, A DIPLOMAT OF UNMATCHED SKILL, A COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF FORMIDABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND A GENTLEMAN WHO EXECUTED THE DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE WITH DIGNITY AND HONOR IN HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS, THE 41st PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAID THIS, WE CANNOT HOPE ONLY TO LEAVE OUR CHILDREN A BIGGER CAR, A BIGGER BANK ACCOUNT WE MUST HOPE TO GIVE THEM A SENSE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LOYAL FRIEND, A LOVING PARENT, A CITIZEN WHO LEADS HIS HOME, HIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND TOWN BETTER THAN HE FOUND IT WHAT DO WE WANT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK WITH US TO SAY WHEN WE ARE NO LONGER THERE? THAT WE WERE MORE DRIVEN TO SUCCEED THAN ANYONE AROUND US, OR THAT WE STOPPED TO ASK IF A SICK CHILD HAD GOTTEN BETTER AND STAYED A MOMENT THERE TO TRADE A WORD OF FRIENDSHIP WELL, DAD, WE’RE GOING TO REMEMBER YOU FOR EXACTLY THAT AND MUCH MORE, AND WE’RE GOING TO MISS YOU 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 AND IN OUR GRIEF, LET US SMILE KNOWING THAT DAD IS HUGGING ROBIN AND HOLDING MOM’S HAND AGAIN [ APPLAUSE ] >> INCREDIBLY MOVING MOMENT TO HEAR PRESIDENT BUSH SPEAK ABOUT HIS FATHER HE HAS SAID BEFORE THAT THE GREATEST GIFT HIS FATHER GAVE THEM WAS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TWO MEN WHO HELD THE SAME OFFICE, KNOW THE BURDENS OF THAT OFFICE >> A FATHER WHO HE SAID VALUED CHARACTER OVER PEDIGREE AND BELIEVED THAT PUBLIC SERVICE WAS NOBLE AND NECESSARY IT WAS BEAUTIFUL I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON BIANNA’S POINT WHERE SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT PRIME MINISTER MULRONEY FROM CANADA WHO SAID THAT ON THE WORLD STAGE, EVERY HEAD OF STATE KNEW THAT HE WAS A GENTLEMAN, RESOLUTE AND BRAVE, THAT EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD KNEW THAT ABOUT GEORGE H.W. BUSH >> AND AS BOB SAID, THIS WASN’T ABOUT ANY KIND OF REPUBLICANISM AT ALL, BUT THERE WAS AN UNDERCURRENT, I DETECTED, OF THE SENSE THAT GEORGE BUSH IS NOT NEARLY OR ONLY A TRANSITIONAL FIGURE, HE IS A FIGURE THAT STILL REPRESENTS SOMETHING IMPORTANT ABOUT AMERICAN VALUES AND HOW AMERICA INTERACTS OVERSEAS THAT’S AN UNDERCURRENT IF NOT DIRECT CRITICISM OF AMERICA FIRST AND PRESIDENT TRUMP’S APPROACH TO FOREIGN POLICY, A WAY OF ENLARGING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE AND SOME OF THESE VALUES AND APPROACHES TO INTERNATIONALISM THAT NOT ONLY DID GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH EPITOMIZE BUT, IN MANY RESPECTS, SUCCEEDED I THOUGHT THAT WAS KIND OF AN UNDERCURRENT OF A LOT OF THE EULOGIES TODAY >> WELL, I MEAN, IN THE WHOLE WAY, THIS WAS A SPEECH ABOUT HE LIVED A MODEL LIFE, WHICH IS TO SAY HE WAS A MODEL FOR HIS FAMILY AND FOR THE COUNTRY, AND I WAS STRUCK BY THE REVEREND RUSSELL J. LEVENSON QUOTING ST. FRANCIS WHO SAID, YOU KNOW, PREACH THE GOSPEL AND OCCASIONALLY USE WORDS ALL OF THEM WERE TALKING ABOUT, WHETHER ABOUT FRIENDSHIP OR DEALING WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, IT WAS WATCH HIS EXAMPLE AND LIVE UP TO THAT EXAMPLE AND THAT — THIS WAS — HE WAS A MODEL >> THE REVEREND ALSO SAID LOSING GEORGE H.W. BUSH, SAID HEAVEN JUST GOT A LITTLE KINDER AND GENTLER I DON’T THINK WE CAN STRESS THAT ENOUGH >> THAT’S WHAT LAUREN BUSH, ONE OF HIS GRANDCHILDREN TOLD US, THAT THERE WAS A MESSAGE TO COME OUT OF THIS THAT THE FAMILY WANTED WAS A KINDER, GENTLER NATION, WHICH, OF COURSE, WAS ASSOCIATED WITH HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS, HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS OR CONVENTION SPEECH >> HE DID IT TWICE BUT THAT THAT WOULD BE THE THEME, TO THINK OF KINDER AND GENTLER WE ARE WATCHING THE MOTORCADE

MAKE ITS WAY TO JOINT BASE ANDREWS ONE MORE TIME THERE WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS — THERE ARE TWO OF THESE PLANES THAT ARE DESIGNATED A AIR FORCE ONE WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS ON BOARD WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ON BOARD, THEY DESIGNATE IT SOMETHING ELSE, AND THIS IS A SPECIAL MISSION 41 TO TAKE THE FAMILY BACK TO HOUSTON ED O’KEEFE IS THERE AT JOINT BASE ANDREWS ED? >> GOOD AFTERNOON, NORAH HERE AT ANDREWS, THERE ARE ABOUT 400 PEOPLE AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF THE MOTORCADE, AS YOU SAID, TO SEND OFF THE FINAL LEG OF SPECIAL AIR MISSION 41 GUESTS ON THE TARMAC HERE INCLUDE LEADERS OF JOINT BASE ANDREWS, LEADERS AND PROTECTIVE DETAIL AGENTS FROM THE SECRET SERVICE THAT HAVE PROTECTED THE BUSH FAMILY THROUGH THE YEARS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT’S POINTS OF LIGHT FOUNDATION, FORMER ARMY STAFF, FORMER MEMBERS OF THE GOLDEN KNIGHT WITH WHICH HE PARACHUTED, AND FORMER STAFF OF CAMP DAVID, THE PRESIDENTIAL RETREATMENT ONCE AGAIN, A SPECIAL HONOR GUARD WILL BE LED BY MEMBERS OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF WHEN THE FORMER PRESIDENT AND FAMILY ARRIVE HERE, AND THE FAMILY HAS BEEN ESCORTED BY MILITARY OFFERS MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL HOWARD, COMMANDING THE JOINT TASK FORCE NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION, THE MILITARY OUTFIT THAT OVERSEES SOLEMN CEREMONIES LIKE THE ONE WE’RE SEEING TODAY, THEY’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS AND THE PAGEANTRY OF INAUGURATIONS, SO THEY’RE WELL EQUAIPPED, TRAINED AND PREPARED FOR WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING IN THE LAST FEW DAYS AND WILL CONTINUE TO SEE IN TEXAS AS THE CASKET IS CARRIED OUT OF THE HEARSE AND UP TO WHAT — THE JET BEHIND US, THE AIR FORCE BAND WILL PLAY THE HYMN “GOING HOME.” THE LYRICS SAY IN PART, LOTS OF FOLK GATHERED THERE, ALL THE FRIENDS I KNEW, ALL THE FRIENDS I KNEW, HOME, I’M GOING HOME AFTER THAT IS PLAYED, AT LEAST 56 MEMBERS OF THE EXTENDED BUSH FAMILY WILL BOARD THE BOEING 747 FOR THE RIDE BACK TO TEXAS JAMES BAKER AND WIFE SUSAN WILL BE ON BOARD AS WELL THE BUSH BIOGRAPHER AND EULOGIZER JON MEACHAM OUR COLLEAGUE MARK KNOLLER REMINDED ME THIS WEEK GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS THE FIRST TO TAKE BOEING 747 AS AIR FORCE ONE THEY HAD BEEN SMALLER JETS BEFORE THEN SEPTEMBER 6, 1990, THAT DAY IT TOOK PRESIDENT BUSH TO KANSAS AND FLORIDA BEFORE RETURNING HERE ON MONDAY WE TALKED ABOUT CEILING AND VISIBILITY UNLIMITED, HOW THE SKY WAS WIDE OPEN FOR HIS ARRIVAL HE’S NOT QUITE GOING TO HAVE THAT TODAY BUT RIGHT NOW HAS ROADS AND HIGHWAYS UNCLOGGED ACROSS THE WASHINGTON REGION, AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THE D.C. REGION, WE CAN APPRECIATE MOST OF THE BELTWAY IS PRETTY MUCH EMPTY, WHICH MEANS THE NATION IS IN MOURNING AND OFFICES ACROSS THE D.C. AREA ARE CLOSED AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF COMMUTERS ARE OFF THE ROAD EVEN A FORMER RESIDENT OF WASHINGTON WHO IS ACCUSTOMED TO BEING TRANSFERRED IN A MOTORCADE, I WOULD SAY HE APPRECIATES A PRETTY EASY RIDE COMING TO ANDREWS TODAY >> AN EASIER AND MUCH QUICKER RIDE WITHOUT TRAFFIC >> WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT ROADS WITHOUT REPRISING ALAN SIMPLE LINE BY SAYING THOSE WITH THE HIGH ROAD IN WASHINGTON ARE NOT BOTHERED BY HEAVY TRAFFIC >> INDEED AN EXTRAORDINARY MEMORY IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE NOT ONLY FOR THE BEAUTIFUL EULOGIES BUT TO WATCH THOSE TOGETHER ALL IN THAT ROOM AND TO SEE FIVE LIVING PRESIDENTS TOGETHER I CAN’T RECALL A TIME WHEN ALL OF THEM WERE TOGETHER BECAUSE, REMEMBER, PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W BUSH AND BARBARA DID NOT ATTEND THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, THEY SAID THEY WERE NOT WELL, SO TO SEE THEM ALTOGETHER IN THE FRONT PEW, THOSE WHO REPRESENTED THIS COUNTRY FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY THERE TOGETHER, AND LONGER THAN THAT, AND THE MOMENT, TOO, WHEN WE SAW PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO HAS NOT FORGED CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS WITH FORMER PRESIDENTS, WHEN HE WALKED IN, THERE WAS, YOU KNOW, A QUESTION ABOUT THE GREETINGS WITH THE OTHER PRESIDENTS, AND WE HAVE SOME OF THAT VIDEO TO SHOW YOU WHEN HE WALKED IN, HE DID GREET AND SHAKE THE HANDS OF THE OBAMAS >> WHO WERE SEATED RIGHT NEXT TO HIM IT WOULD HAVE ALMOST BEEN AWKWARD IF THERE HADN’T BEEN SOME KIND OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT BUT I WAS VERY CURIOUS TO SEE BECAUSE AS WE KNOW MICHELLE OBAMA IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A BOOK TOUR AND THE NAME OF THE BOOK IS “BECOMING” AND WRITES VERY VIVIDLY IN THE BOOK ABOUT HER FEELINGS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP WHOM SHE SAYS, QUITE FRANKLY, SHE HAS NOT FORGIVEN HIM BECAUSE SHE BELIEVES HE PUT HER FAMILY IN DANGER, SO IT WAS VERY

INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THAT GREETING WAS GOING TO GO FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WHEN THE TRUMPS SAT DOWN, HE EXTENDED HIS HAND BOTH TO BARACK OBAMA AND MICHELLE OBAMA, YOU SEE IT THERE, BUT THERE WAS NOTHING THAT PASSED BETWEEN THE CLINTONS, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING >> HE WAS LIMITED IN PHYSICALITY AND NIMBLENESS PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD HAVE WALK DOWN THE WHOLE LINE AND SHAKE EVERYONE’S HANDS AND GREET EVERYONE’S HANDS PRESIDENT TRUMP CHOSE NOT TO DO THAT, PLACING HIMSELF AT THE END OF THAT PEW AND STAYING THERE AND NOT WORKING HIS WAY DOWN THE WAY AS GEORGE W. BUSH DID >> IT WAS ALSO INTERESTING TO SEE GEORGE W. BUSH EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT THAT ONLINE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT, IS BUT HE HANDED HER SOMETHING, THE SPECULATION IS SOME SORT OF CANDY OR MINT OR COUGH DROP THEY CLEARLY HAVE A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP, AND SHE HAS CALLED HIM HER PARTNER IN CRIME AT ALL THESE EVENTS THEY HAVE A GENUINE AND DEEP AFFECTION FOR ONE ANOTHER >> AND WHAT THIS IS IS A REMINDER OF WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE FUNERAL OF SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, WHERE SHE HAD A BIT OF A COUGH, AND, SO, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH HANDED HER AN ALTOYED OR A COUGH DROP AT THE TIME BUT IT’S A SIGN THESE TWO TOGETHER HAVE A GREAT CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM AND HAVE BECOME QUITE FRIENDLY >> I REMEMBER THE OPENING OF THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM THEY SEEMED TO HAVE A LITTLE PRIVATE JOKE, WHATEVER WAS GOING ON BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER SIDE BY SIDE EVEN IN THIS MOMENT, HE REACHED OUT TO SAY IT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE A PRIVATE JOKE BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM IT’S NICE TO SEE >> BOB AS WE LOOK AT THIS FUNERAL SERVICE AND AS THE 41st PRESIDENT WAS LAID TO REST, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU THINK WE SHOULD ALL TAKE FROM THAT SERVICE TODAY? >> WELL, I GO BACK TO HOW NECESSARY I THINK THESE SORTS OF EVENTS ARE, LIKE THE INAUGURATION, LIKE, YOU KNOW, WHEN PEOPLE COME TO THE WHITE HOUSE, WHAT THEY GET TO SEE THERE, AND THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT THESE HONORS, THE PRESIDENT TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE IT’S NOT AN OATH OF OFFICE TO ANYBODY IT AN OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT IT’S NOT ALWAYS THAT WAY IN OTHER COUNTRIES, AND PART OF THE PRESIDENT THAT WE PLAY NOT NECESSARILY ALWAYS TO THE MAN BUT TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY ITSELF, AND WE PAY THIS ACCORD TO PRESIDENTS WHEN THEY DIE, AND PART OF WHAT WE DO IS THEY LIE IN STATE, AND IT’S JUST A REMINDER OF THE CONTINUITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT, WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS ALL ABOUT THEN, WHEN WE SEE WHAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WITH THESE PEOPLE, IT’S ABOUT CHARACTER IT’S ABOUT THE VALUES UPON WHICH THIS COUNTRY IS FOUNDED AND WHY THAT IS WHAT MAKES OUR WHOLE COUNTRY POSSIBLE >> WELL, AND THE PRESIDENCY WAS NOT FILLED OUT IN EVERY DETAIL WHEN THEY CREATED THE OFFICE THEY THOUGHT THE VIRTUE OF ITS FIRST OCCUPANT, GEORGE WASHINGTON, WOULD FILL IN THE PARTS TO HAVE THE MIDDLE THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANTED IT TO BE OR WHAT IT SHOULD BE OR — >> OR WHAT THEY SHOULD CALL HIM THAT’S RIGHT WHAT THEY WANTED WAS THE VIER CLUES WE HEARD TALKED ABOUT TODAY AND WHAT IS CHARACTER MADE UP OF, RESTRAINT, KEEPING STANDARDS AND NORMS AND NOT DOING JUST WHAT IS IMPULSIVE AND THE OTHER PART IS EMPATHY WE’VE HEARD STORIES ABOUT THAT TODAY WHETHER FROM ALAN SIMPSON ON BRIAN MULONEY THEY WERE DESCRIBING VIRTUES >> I’M STRUCK HEN WHEN YOU SAY THE OFFICE TO HAVE THE PRESIDENCY WHICH IS WHY GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH INVITED PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE SUM TORE COME TO THE SERVICE, BECAUSE THERE DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE LOVE LOST BETWEEN THE TWO FAMILIES PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN VERY UNKIND TO THE BUSH FAMILY, IN MANY DIFFERENT RESPECTS, SO I WOULD THINK THAT, DESPITE ALL THAT, PRESIDENT BUSH WANTED TO MAKE SURE HE WOULD BE WELCOMED TO ATTEND THIS SERVICE WHY? BECAUSE HE RESPECTS THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT SORT OF WHAT HIS SON SAID TO YOU, NORAH, THAT THIS OFFICE IS BIGGER THAN ONE MAN, ONE PERSON, AND I THINK MANY PEOPLE HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE OF OFFICEF THE PRESIDENCY, AND I THINK WE CAN’T FORGET THAT EITHER TODAY >> FORMER REPUBLICAN SENATOR ALAN SIMPSON REMEMBERED SOME OF THE HIGH POINTS OF THEIR 56-YEAR FRIENDSHIP AND SAID THE FORMER PRESIDENT WAS ALWAYS ON THE SIDE OF HIS FRIENDS >> HE WAS A MAN OF SUCH GREAT HUMILITY THOSE WHO TRAVEL THE HIGH ROAD OF HUMILITY IN WASHINGTON TEE

SEE ARE NOT BOTHERED BY HEAVY TRAFFIC ( LAUGHTER ) AND HE HAD A VERY SERIOUS FLAW KNOWN BY ALL CLOSE TO HIM, HE LOVED A GOOD JOKE, THE RICHER THE BETTER, AND HE’D THROW HIS HEAD BACK AND GIVE THAT GREAT LAUGH, BUT HE NEVER EVER COULD REMEMBER A PUNCH LINE ( LAUGHTER ) AND I MEAN NEVER SO THE PUNCH LINE FOR GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH IS THIS — YOU WOULD HAVE WANTED HIM ON YOUR SIDE HE NEVER LOST HIS SENSE OF HUMOR HUMOR IS THE UNIVERSAL SOLVENT AGAINST THE ABRASIVE ELEMENTS OF LIFE THAT’S WHAT HUMOR IS HE NEVER HATED ANYONE HE KNEW WHAT HIS MOTHER AND MY MOTHER ALWAYS KNEW, HATRED CORRODES THE CONTAINER IT’S CARRIED IN >> WE ALL WERE SCRIBBLING DOWN THAT LINE AND HOW BRILLIANT IS TO THINK OF THAT, HOW COROADING HATRED CAN BE AND SOME WOULD SUGGEST THERE IS BEEN A LOT OF BITTERNESS IN OUR CURRENT POLITICS >> I’VE NEVER HEARD THAT PHRASE BUT IT’S SO TRUE THAT’S WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT IT’S SO TRUE >> HOW MANY PRESIDENTS HAVE YOU COVERED, BOB? >> ALL THE WAY BACK, A LONG WAY LONG WAY LL THE WAY BACK TO NIXON, ACTUALLY >> BUT THAT STORY THAT ALAN SIMPSON TOLD, AN OLD HAND WHO, HIS PARENTS SAID THEY SOLD THE HOUSE WITH A HANDSHAKE TO THEN CONGRESSMAN GEORGE H.W. BUSH, AND THEN HE WAS AT A LOW POINT IN HIS OWN CAREER WHEN GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS VICE PRESIDENT, AND HE EMBRACED HIM AT HIS WEAKEST MOMENT >> WHEN HE SAID HIS APPROVAL RATING, GEORGE — GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH — I WANT TO SAY G.H.W.B. — THAT HIS APPROVAL RATING WAS 93% AND SENATOR SIMPSON WAS .93%, GETTING CREAMED BY THE MEDIA HE SAID WAIVE AT YOUR FRIENDS AT THE MEDIA EVEN THOUGH HIS STAFF ADVISED HIM, YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO BE SEEN WITH HIM, HE SAID FORGET ABOUT THAT AND HE WAS ALWAYS VERY LOYAL TO HIS FRIENDS >> SENATOR SIMPLEN’S POPULARITY WAS LOW AND THE PRESS HAD GONE AFTER HIM, AND I LOVED HOW HE SAID THAT PRESIDENT BUSH, THE NEXT MORNING THEY WOKE UP AND HE HAD ALL THE NEWSPAPERS THERE AND SAID, AH-HA, HEAR’S THE PICTURE I WANTED, AND IT WAS A PICTURE WITH THE PRESIDENT STANDING NEXT TO SENATOR SIMPSON WITH HIS HAND LIKE THAT, WAS A MESSAGE THAT HE WANTED THE COUNTRY TO HAVE AND THE MEDIA >> I WANT TO BRING IN NANCY CORDES WHO HAS BEEN WITH US THROUGH THIS COVERAGE NANCY? >> NORAH, I THINK THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT BUSH CHOSE ALAN SIMPSON TO DELIVER ONE OF THE EULOGIES TODAY TELL US A LOT ABOUT THE TONE THAT HE WANTED TO STRIKE AT THIS MEMORIAL SERVICE YES, THEY WERE GREAT FRIENDS, BUT HE ALSO KNEW THAT SIMPSON WOULD BE FUNNY HE’S LEGENDARY HERE IN WASHINGTON FOR HIS SENSE OF HUMOR WHEN I TALKED TO PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH’S SON NEIL YESTERDAY, HE SAID, LOOK, THE FAMILY WANTS THIS TO BE A HAPPY OCCASION WE ARE NOT GRIEVING OR MOURNING THIS A MAN, MY FATHER WHO HAS LIVED AN INCREDIBLY FULL LIFE HE WAS SKY DIVING ALMOST UP UNTIL THE END YOU HEARD PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH TALK ABOUT HIM ON HIS SPEEDBOAT TRYING TO OUTRUN THE SECRET SERVICE ALMOST ALL THE WAY TO THE END NEIL BUSH SAID TO ME WHEN I EXTENDED MY SYMPATHIES YESTERDAY AND SAID I’M SO SORRY FOR HIS LOSS, HE GAVE ME A HUG AND SAID, DON’T BE SAD, WE FEEL THIS IS A TIME FOR CELEBRATION, NOT MOURNING HE SAID, TAKE IT FROM ME BECAUSE I’M THE BIGGEST CRYBABY IN THE BUSH FAMILY, TO WHICH I REMARKED, WELL, THAT’S SOME PRETTY STIFF COMPETITION, BECAUSE YOU COME FROM A FAMILY OF CRYERS >> LOOK AT NANCY CORDES WITH THE JOKES OUT THERE IN THE MOMENT! LOOK AT YOU! ( LAUGHTER ) >> SHE IS RIGHT ALAN SIMPSON IS THE TOAST MASTER OF CHOICE IN WASHINGTON IF YOU CAN GET HIM TO SPEAK TO YOUR EVENT, BECAUSE WE’RE ALL VETERANS OF THIS, THERE CAN BE SOME PRETTY LONG, DRONING MEETINGS HERE IN WASHINGTON HE CAN ALWAYS — HE ALWAYS HAS SOME STORY THAT I HAVE NEVER HEARD, AND HE JUST DOES NOT DISAPPOINT >> BUT ISN’T THAT GREAT, THOUGH, GUYS, WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A FUNERAL SERVICE AND YOU END THE FUNERAL SERVICE AND YOU ACTUALLY FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT IF NEIL’S POINT IS WE WANTED THIS TO BE A CELEBRATION, I HAVE TO SAY MISSION ACCOMPLISHED >> SURE FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END AND WHAT A GREAT LIFE HE LIVED AND HOW LOVED HE WAS AND THE LOVE THAT HE RETURNED, BECAUSE IT DID MAKE YOU MARVEL ABOUT WHO HE WAS AS A MAN, CERTAINLY FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T KNOW HIM AS WELL AS MANY OF YOU DO TO GET TO

HEAR WHO HE WAS, WHO HE LOVED AND HOW HE LIVED HIS LIFE, I WOULD SAY MISSION ACCOMPLISHED IT WAS A HAPPY CELEBRATION INDEED >> IN A PROFESSION THAT IS PRETTY ROUGH AND TUMBLE, I MEAN, HE WASN’T A COUNTRY PASTOR YOU KNOW, THIS IS A PROFESSION, AND TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS KIDS WHEN HE WAS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IN THE PROFESSION HE WAS IS ALSO QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT >> AND FOR FUNERALS LIKE, THIS THE WHOLE POLITICAL CLASS PAYS ATTENTION WHAT ARE THE SIGNALS AND THE RESIDENT MEMORIES? ONE IS THIS IDEA OF BIPARTISANSHIP LET’S NOT KID OURSELVES GEORGE H.W. BUSH IS A CAUTIONARY TALE OF HIS TIME FOR BEING A BIPARTISAN PRESIDENT HE DIDN’T GET SUPPORT FROM HIS PARTY FOR THAT AND ABANDONED HIM DEMOCRATS RAN AGGRESSIVELY AGAINST HIM HE BECAME A CASUALTY OF HIS OWN INCLINATIONS TO GET A LOT OF THINGS DONE AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON, THE IDEA THAT OTHER POLITICIANS TOOK FROM THAT WAS DON’T GET TOO FAR AWAY FROM YOUR BASE, DON’T GET AWAY FROM YOUR PARTY AND, IF YOU DO, YOU BETTER CHECK BEHIND YOU CONSTANTLY AND NOW WE HAVE THIS REASSESSMENT OR WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BIPARTISANSHIP, HOW HARD IT IS TO ACHIEVE AND WHAT YOU GET FROM IT >> I WANT TO SHOW YOU, TOO, AS FLAGS ARE FLYING AT HALF STAFF ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNTIL DECEMBER 31, THE PRESIDENT DECLARED THAT, WITH WE SEE NOW THE PRESIDENT’S FUNERAL CORTAGE PASSING BY THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL AS THE 41st PRESIDENT IS THE LAST COMBAT VETERAN TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO ENLISTED, INSTEAD OF GOING TO COLLEGE, TO YALE, INSTEAD OF GOING WHAT HIS FATHER, SENATOR PRESCOTT BUSH, WANTED HIM TO DO AFTER HE JUST GRADUATED FROM THE MOST ELITE BOARDING SCHOOL IN AMERICA, ARGUABLY, INSTEAD, HE SAID, I’M GOING TO GO FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY, AND NEARLY LOST HIS LIFE, NEARLY DIED TOO YOUNG >> AND I THINK THAT WAS SOMETHING WE SAW, THAT THEME, YOU KNOW, THAT HE REALIZED IN THAT MOMENT WHY WAS I SAVED? AND THEN SPENT, REALLY, A LIFETIME TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR THAT SALVATION AND AS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH SAID, YOU KNOW, HE REALLY LIVED THAT A DAY WAS NOT TO BE WASTED THOSE ARE THINGS THAT YOU WANT TO TELL YOUR KIDS THAT THAT’S THE WAY TO LIVE LIFE, SQUEEZE EVERY MOMENT OUT OF IT >> PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH TOLD ME HIS FATHER SORT OF EMBIEWD IN THIS A DAY WAS NOT TO BE WASTED AND THE BUSH VACATIONS ARE FILLED WITH THOSE STORIES OF THE 41st PRESIDENT TAKING ON IN HIS ’70s TENNIS GAMES WITH HIS TEENAGE GRANDDAUGHTERS AND GRANDSONS AND BEATING THEM >> AND WINNING I MEAN, HE WAS NON-STOP, AS THAT PHRASE WENT HE LIVED LIFE IN TWO SPEEDS, FULL THROTTLE AND ASLEEP ( LAUGHTER ) >> THIS IS THE ADVANCED MOTORCADE >> I’M TRYING TO GET BACK TO FULL THROTTLE >> HE HAD HIS WONDERFUL BOAT TO KEEP HIM GOING >> IT’S NOT PROPER TO SAY YOU ENJOY A FUNERAL, I MEAN, I DON’T HAVE THE WORDS, BUT THE FACT IS, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ALWAYS LAUGH AT ME BECAUSE I ALWAYS SAY — AND I’VE THELT THIS WAY FOR YEARS — THE OBITUARIES ARE MY FAVORITE PART OF THE NEWSPAPER >> WHY? IT IS BECAUSE — I’VE ASKED MYSELF THAT QUESTION AND I THINK THAT, BECAUSE, IN THE OBITUARIES, THERE IS SOMETHING POSITIVE YOU SEE THE BEST OF PEOPLE PEOPLE WRITE ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS THAT THEY DID AND, IN SOME WAYS, IN THIS CHAOTIC WASHINGTON THAT WE LIVE IN NOW, THESE FUNERALS GIVE US PAUSE AND TIME TO REFLECT ON GOOD THINGS, THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT PEOPLE, AND I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT >> I’VE REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THAT A LOT THIS WEEK, TOO, WHEN I WAS VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING OUT TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD COME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS, SO THEY WERE THERE AT 6:00 A.M THE POINT THEY MADE IS ONE FATHER SAID I CAME TO SHOW MY SON THAT THERE ARE GREAT MEN OUT THERE I CAME TO SHOW, YOU KNOW, AND TALK ABOUT MY WIFE WHO VOTED TO PAY SERVICE TO THE FACT THAT BIPARTISANISM STILL MATTERS AND IT STRUCK ME AFTER I WAS WALKING AWAY, TALKING TO THEM, T, IS SO MUCH OF OUR POLITICS SEEMS ABOUT PERSONAL DESTRUCTION RATHER THAN LIFTING UP AND HAVING POLICY DIFFERENCE ALSO POLICY DIFFERENCES WERE WIDESPREAD IN THE PAST, TOO, BUT THERE WEREN’T THE PERSONAL INSULTS THAT SEEM TO PLAGUE OUR POLITICS TODAY THE MOTORCADE JUST ARRIVED AT JOINT BASE ANDREWS WHICH MEANS THE MOTORCADE WITH GEORGE H.W BUSH AS WELL THE — THE MOTORCADE WITH GEORGE W. BUSH AS

WELL AS THE HEARSE CARRYING THE FORMER PRESIDENT IS AT THE AIR BASE WHERE IT HOLD ALL THE PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT WHICH ARE PART OF THE FLEET THERE ARE A COLLECTION OF PRESIDENTIAL AIRPORTS USED BY THE PRESIDENT AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THERE AND THERE IS A FAMILY AT JOINT BASE ANDREWS THAT TAKES CARE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL FLEET AS WELL AS MARINE ONE, WHICH IS THE HELICOPTER, AND THOSE THAT SERVICE THE AIRPLANES AND RIDE WITH THE PRESIDENT AS HE TRAVELS THAT PLANE WILL KEEP YOU SAFE NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD >> AND THIS BASE IS ALSO PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY THIS IS WHERE SOME OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR FROM VIETNAM CAME BACK TO THIS BASE IT’S ALSO THE PLACE WHERE RICHARD NIXON LEFT WASHINGTON FOR THE LAST TIME AS PRESIDENT I’LL NEVER FORGET IT HE WENT UP THOSE STAIRS AND WAIVED TO EVERYBODY THEY CLOSED THE DOOR ONCE THE PLANE TOOK OFF, IN A MATTER OF HOURS — >> AND WHERE JOHN KENNEDY’S BODY CAME FOR THE BUSH FAMILY, THIS IS A VERY FAMILIAR TARMAC, AND THOUGH THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE YO UNIQUE, MUCH WILL FEEL AND HAVE ECHOES OF FAMILIARITY FROM BEING THE SON OF APT OR BEING PRESIDENT OR BEING A RELATIVE OF ONE >> BOB, WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU ENJOYED THE SERVICE,MON, I MEAN, I KNOW WHAU MEAN IT WAS ALSO A CELEBRATION OF A MAN WHO HE LIVED A GOOD LIFE, AND THE PRIME MINISTER, WHEN HE TOLD THE STORY ABOUT THE PLAQUE PRESIDENT BUSH HAD AT HIS HOME THAT SAYS C.A.V.U., CEILING AND VISIBILITY UNLIMITED, WHICH MEANT, AS A PILOT, THERE WAS PERFECT FLYING, BUT HE SAID I’VE HAD PERFECT FLYING, I’VE HAD A WONDERFUL WIFE AND KIDS SO THIS WAS A SERVICE FOR A MAN WHO KNEW HE LIVED A GOOD LIFE AND THAT’S A GOOD FEELING, IT’S GOOD TO WATCH >> HE USED THE NAVY PILOT PHRASE, C.A.V.U., CEILING AND VISIBILITY UNLIMITED, AS A MET FOR FOR — METAPHOR FOR HIS LIFE PERFECT FLYING THAT’S WHY HE PURR CHUTED ON HIS 90th BIRTHDAY, RETURNING TO WHAT HE DID AS A YOUNG MAN >> AS THE MAN SAID, DIE LATE AS YOUNG AS POSSIBLE >> RONAN TYNAN, THE TENOR, LISTENING TO HIM AND THE WORDS HE WAS SAYING AND THE VOICE HE’S HAD, IT WAS REPORTED HE SANG TO GEORGE H.W. BUSH SORTLY BEFORE HE DIED SO HE SERENADED HIM WHILE HE WAS ALIVE AND AGAIN IN HIS DEATH AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS A POWERFUL MOMENT TO HEAR HIM SING AS WELL >> THE LAST OBSERVATION ABOUT THOSE WHO SERVED IN BATTLE INVOLVED IN POLITICS, IT’S SOMETIMES SAID IT’S EASIER TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY THAN PARTICIPATE IN IT GEORGE BUSH ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH >> COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON YOUR LOCAL NEWS, ON THIS CBS STATION AND OUR 24-HOUR STREAMING NETWORK, CBSN, WHICH WILL BE CARRYING THE DEPARTURE THERE WILL BE A FULL WRAP-UP TONIGHT ON THE NBC EVENING NEWS >> OUR THANKS TO JEFF GLOR AND BIANNA GOLODRYGA THIS HAS BEEN A CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT WE ARE ALL HERE FROM CBS NEWS WASHINGTON WE’LL SEE YOU LATER >>> PRESIDENT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH IS HEADING TO TEXAS WHERE HE WILL LIE