At Bush's Funeral, Moments of Humor - Page 2

Jon Meacham gives a eulogy both poignant and light
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Posted Dec 5, 2018 11:22 AM CST
Updated Dec 5, 2018 12:49 PM CST

  • He continued, "As Dana Carvey said, the key to a Bush 41 impersonation is Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne." Other humorous lines from the AP: Looking ahead to the 1988 election, Bush once said: "It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or the other." And Meacham said that late in his presidency, Bush's tongue ran amok when he said: "We are enjoying sluggish times, but we're not enjoying them very much."
  • "An imperfect man, he left us a more perfect union," said Meacham, who added Bush's credo was, "Tell the truth, don't blame people, be strong, do your best, try hard, forgive, stay the course." Meacham said Bush "made our lives and the lives of nations freer, better, warmer and nobler."
  • CNN reports Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney gave the next eulogy, and recounted a conversation the men had over Labor Day weekend 2001. Mulroney said he told Bush that he had noted a shift in his mood "over the last eight years from a series of frustrations and moments of despondency in 1993 to ... high enthusiasm" as his family continued to achieve successes. Bush ultimately replied, "Brian, you've got us pegged just right," and took him to a plaque on the Walker's Point, Maine, property that read: "CAVU." Bush explained: "Brian, this stands for ceiling and visibility unlimited. When I was a terrified 18- to 19-year-old pilot in the Pacific, those, those were the words we hoped to hear before takeoff. It meant perfect flying. And that's the way I feel about our life today, CAVU. Everything is perfect. Barbara and I could not have asked for better lives. We are truly happy and truly at peace."

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