Transcript for Powerful moments from George H.W. Bush’s funeral
We’ll turn to the last good-bye for president George H.W. Bush. The final services begin later this morning after the state funeral Wednesday where America’s 41st president was remembered for his service, statesmanship and decency. George W. Bush capped it off with an emotional eulogy as all of America’s living presidents watched from the national cathedral. Terry Moran is there now. Good morning, Terry. Reporter: Good morning, George. Washington gets back to business, maybe there’s something lingering in the air here. We can only hope. From what we were all celebrating at this cathedral in that touching and splendid ceremony yesterday, the gift of a good American life, a gift George Bush gave the country he loved. As some of the final mourners pay their respects to the late president this morning — ?????? it was on Wednesday in solemn splendor that the nation paused to honor George Herbert walker bush, an affectionate farewell to a president, American patriot of the old school and a good man. Amid high ceremony, sorrow and plenty of laughter, members of current and past cabinets and conditions all gathered in unity in remembrance of a man whose lifelong ambition was to serve in high office and in daily life. This historic moment, the 43rd president, his son, George W. Bush celebrating his father’s legacy by talking about what he learned about being a president. He showed me 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 the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States. Reporter: And there in the front a tableau of our history, four U.S. Presidents looking on together for the first time since president trump’s inauguration. President trump and first lady Melania trump both greeting their immediate predecessors, former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Former president Bill Clinton looked on and Hillary Clinton mostly choosing to look straight ahead at the altar. Seated next to her former president Jimmy Carter and rosalynn Carter. There were plenty of tears and light-hearted moments too from Wyoming senator Alan Simpson who said bush loved a good joke. But he never ever could remember a punch line. And I mean never. Reporter: And in a poignant moment the 43rd president overcome with emotion, a loving son’s good-bye to his dad. 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 had. And in our grief let us smile knowing that dad is hugging robin and holding mom’s hand again. Reporter: Just a shattering moment there. It’s hard to say good-bye to a man like that even after all these years and the family will say its final farewell in Houston and then that train ride aboard locomotive 4141 to have George Bush taken to his final resting place in college Station, Texas, George. Terry, we know now that president bush got to hear at least one of the eulogies. What a great story this is, George. So, Jon Meacham his biographer in his final months polished up the eulogy and called George Bush and said do you want to hear it? So he read out the eulogy we heard yesterday and George Bush’s reaction, very typical. He said that’s a lot about me, Jon. That is the idea. Okay, Terry, thanks very much.
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