Nation says goodbye to Bush: 'To us, he was close to perfect'

Yolanda Curtis
December 7, 2018

George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost in 1953 and his mother, who died in April.

CNN host Don Lemon explained that he couldn't shake hands with President Donald Trump had he been in Barack Obama's shoes yesterday, when the two former presidents warmly greeted each other at George H.W. Bush's funeral.

President Trump shook hands with former President Obama.

Like all presidents, Bush oversaw plans for his own funeral starting years ago, updating the details as time went on so the ceremony would reflect his druthers.

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A funeral for the former president was held at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, featuring live performances from some of his favorite musical artists.

"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 ask", Bush said. Mulroney said that was how Bush felt about his life after the presidency.

He was one of the five living United States commanders in chief at the event; Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama all attended along with President Donald Trump.

After a funeral route that will take the late President by plane from Houston to Washington D.C. and back again, a Union Pacific train led by a locomotive dubbed the "Bush 4141" will carry him to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

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Liberal cabinet minister Scott Brison and Ambassador David MacNaughton were also among an estimated 3,000 friends, dignitaries, presidents past and present and other political heavyweights who gathered at the cathedral for a final farewell. However, there were not greetings exchanged between the Trumps and the Clintons, or the Carters.

Most federal government offices will be closed on Wednesday as many federal workers will get the day off. "I don't think anybody behaved badly", he said, recalling the bitter 2016 campaign between the two. He also suggested that when Bush died, he would meet his wife of 73 years, Barbara, in heaven and she would playfully demand "What took you so long?"

"Bush personified noblesse oblige; Trump is an avatar of the lowest common denominator", he explained.

He served as the 41st president of America after he had previously served as Vice President alongside Ronald Regan.

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The national funeral service at the cathedral was a tribute to a president, a patriarch and a faded political era that prized military service and public responsibility.

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