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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As the nation mourns the passing of its 41st President, George H.W. Bush, the proper tributes are being paid both in America and around the world.

But the most touching arguably came from his son and the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, during his eulogy on Wednesday.

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Speaking before his entire family and every living president, the younger Bush honored his father’s memory and tearfully concluded his remarks with, “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…Dad is hugging Robin, and holding mom’s hand again.”

But one such piece of W’s eugology was the intimate detail he shared with the congregation about H.W.’s final words.

Can you imagine a better four words to part this world with than “I love you, too”? We are so thankful that he shared this sweet moment between him and his father.

Moments like these remind us that events like the passing of a beloved former president are more important than mere politics.

The better among us rise above politics in moments of grief like this.

This was something former President Bush also reminded everyone of when he greeted and shook the hands of all the living presidents and First Ladies.

Compare Bush’s graciousness and maturity to the recent funeral of late Senator John McCain, where President Donald Trump was explicitly told not to attend.

The Bush family invited President Trump to their patriarch’s funeral.

“A former Bush administration official told the Washington Post his family reached out to Trump to tell him that he was welcome at the funeral,” reported the Washington Examiner. “Trump, by contrast, was not invited to the McCain funeral — at the request of the late senator. Speaker’s at McCain’s funeral included two former presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.”

“Relations between Trump and members of the Bush family have long been frosty, including campaign trail jabs at former President George W. Bush’s foreign policy decisions, and personal insults against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a GOP primary rival,” the Examiner noted. “But that will all be set aside during the funeral Wednesday, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., who will deliver a eulogy, said a funeral is not the place to air political grievances.”

“If you have a sensitivity for human feelings, you just don’t get into that,” Sen. Simpson said. “It’s not what a funeral is for.”

No, it’s not. And on Wednesday, George W. Bush reminded everyone he is very much his father’s son

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