George W. Bush Eulogizes His Father: ‘The Brightest of a Thousand Points of Light’
George W. Bush was front and center at the National Cathedral on Wednesday as he delivered the eulogy for his father and fellow ex-president, George H.W. Bush.
Bush took a humorous tone as he spoke about his father on a personal level and about his effort to live life to the fullest. Much of the focus was on how to “serve with love” on behalf of fellow Americans, and the importance of embracing unity, laughter, dignity and kindness.
“He valued character over pedigree and looked for the good in each person, and he usually found it,” Bush said. “To us, his was the brightest of the thousand points of light.”
Bush amused the congregation by saying that his father was not a perfect man, recalling that “his short game was lousy” and his father had his notorious hatred of broccoli.
Things took a more serious tone though at moments when Bush spoke of the pain his father went through with the death of his infant daughter Robin. He also shared the last words he and his father exchanged before his passing.
“Last Friday, when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him…I said, ‘Dad you have been a wonderful father.’ And the last words he would ever say on Earth were, ‘I love you too.'”
In the end, Bush concluded by declaring that his father will be remembered as “a great president of the United States.”
“A Commander in Chief of formidable accomplishment, and a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor,” Bush said. “We’re going to remember you for exactly that and much more, and we’re going to miss you.”
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