George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, delivered an emotional speech in honor of his late dad, George H.W. Bush. The elder George, who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 until 1993, died at the age of 94 late last week.
“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings,” the former president’s office said in a statement provided to the press.
The late former president was remembered and honored in a nationally televised funeral service held at Washington National Cathedral on December 5, People reports. In attendance was his large family and various political figures, including the four other living current and former presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
As his father’s oldest son, the 72-year-old former president delivered a tearful and heartfelt eulogy before the assembled crowd. He spoke highly of his late dad’s “unconditional love” for his children and shared several funny anecdotes about him.
“To us he was close to perfect but not totally perfect — his short game was lousy,” he joked. “The man couldn’t stomach vegetables — especially broccoli…. And by the way, he passed these genetic defects along to us.”
George W. concluded by referencing the passing of his mom, former first lady Barbara Bush, earlier this year, as well as the death of his 3-year-old sister, Robin, decades ago. Breaking down into tears, he conjured up an image of the three reuniting in the afterlife.
“[W]e’re going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever. So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you — a great and noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have,” he said. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”
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