tv 2018 Memorial Services CSPAN December 24, 2018 8:02pm-9:57pm EST
, senator john mccain, and president george h.w. bush. at 3:30 p.m. eastern, admiral mick raven on the future of the u.s. military. :00, former president barack obama, former secretary of state james baker, and historian james meacham on the u.s.'s role in the world. bama: if there is a problem in the world, people call washington. even our adversaries expect us to solve problems and keep things running. announcer: at 9:00, a conversation with entrepreneurs on women in corporate america. >> we know that women's networks tend to look very female heavy. men's networks tend to look very male heavy. that might be fine in your first position right out of school. who do you think wednesday the network by the time you get to senior leadership? announcer: watch tuesday, christmas day, on c-span. c-span,r: now on
portions of the memorial services and funerals for barbara bush, senator john mccain, and former president george h.w. bush. the former first lady died on april 70 and and was buried on the grounds of the george h.w. bush presidential library and museum at texas a&m university. her funeral took place at st. martin's episcopal church in houston, where the bush family attended services for more than 50 years. ago, i was onade the washington mall for the national book festival on my way to give a talk about a book i had written, when a woman ran up to me. which does not have been enough, believe me. she said, oh my god, it is you. i said, well, yes. kind of hard to argue with.
she said, i just admire you so much. i love your books. you have meant a lot to me and my family. would you wait right here? i want to buy your new book and have you sign it. i said, yes, ma'am. i confess i was feeling kind of full of myself. when she came back with john grisham's latest novel. [laughter] it gets worse. saturday ina september and i was on my way tomand -- on my way to maine see the 41st president of the united states and mrs. bush. i was feeling rather sorry for myself, and mrs. bush looked across the table, looked me in the eye. i was thinking, here comes some motherly sympathy. [laughter] mr. meacham: that is called telegraphing. here it comes.
she said, how do you think poor john grisham would feel? [laughter] mr. meacham: he is a very handsome man. [laughter] was 0-2.am: so i funny was a fair and point, as were so many of the points that barbara pierce bush made in her long and consequential life. , asn as barbara and bar mom, as mother, as ganny, as the silver fox, and as the enforcer, she was candid and comforting, steadfast and straightforward, honest and loving. barbara bush was the first lady of the greatest generation. as the fiancé and wife of a world war ii naval aviator, she waited and prayed in the watches of the night.
during the war, she worked at a nuts and bolts factory in port chester, new york, and she joined george h.w. bush in the great adventure of postwar texas , moving to distant odesza in 1948, 70 summers ago. from rye, mrs. bush's mother would send boxes of soap and detergent to her daughter, on the grounds they probably did not have that kind of thing in west texas. [laughter] waved -- raised a thely, and your -- endured loss of a daughter to leukemia, and kept everything and everyone together. as the wife of one president at the mother of another, she holds a distinction that belongs to only one other american in the long history of the republic, abigail adams, who was present at the creation.
from the white house to camp david to walker's point, in hours of war and peace, of tumult and calm, the bushes governed in a spirit of congeniality, civility, and grace. instinctively generous, barbara and george bush put country above party, the common good above political gain, and service to others above the settling of scores. the couple had met at a christmas dance in greenwich in 1941, not quite three weeks after pearl harbor. she was wearing a red and green holiday dress. he endeavored to get introduced. and -- he, he was 70 was 17. he was the only boy she ever kissed. her children, she remarked,
always wanted to throw up when they heard that one. [laughter] jon: in a letter to barbara during the war, george h.w. bush wrote, "i love you, precious, with all my heart, and to know that you love me means my life. how often i have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday. how are lucky -- how lucky our children will be to have a mother like you." and if you ask them, they will be the first to say they were. i once asked president bush if he had known, even in the beginning, how resilient mrs. bush would be. no, he said, tears coming to his eyes, and he went on. she is the rock of the family, the leader of the family. i kind of float above it all. she is always there, always
there for me in for the kids. just amazing. , willing from rye to make our own way, have adventures. was not always easy for her, but never a word of complaint, just love and strength. opinions, too, of course, lots of those. she was strength itself. and if her tongue were sometimes sharp, she was as honest with herself as she was with all of us. when she once described a female political opponent of her husband as a word that rhymes with rich, he reported that her family had begun calling her the poet laureate. [laughter] jon: and he loved the story of how, when her eldest son, the 43rd president of the united states, took up painting, his instructor asked him if he had ever used the color burnt
hombre. -- umber. did43 replied, but he remember that from his mother's cooking. [laughter] jon: brings down the house, she would say, approvingly. mother and son needled each other to the end. in her final days, while the 43rd president was visiting, mrs. bush asked one of her doctors if you would like to know why george w. had turned out the way she had -- the way he had. then she announced, i smoked and drank while i was pregnant. [laughter] jon: she was a point of light. in 1989 when many americans lived in ignorance about hiv/aids, mrs. bush went away home for infected infants and hugged the children there, as well as an adult male patient. the images sent a powerful message, one of compassion, of
love, and acceptance. she believed literacy a fundamental civil and human rights and gave the cause her all. at a televised event commemorating the bicentennial of the constitution, mrs. bush met a man named jt pace. the 63-year-old son of a former sharecropper. mr. pace, who had only recently become literate, was scheduled to read the constitution's preamble aloud. backstage, he was nervous. it would helpd if if they read it together on the broadcast. mr. pays agreed -- mr. pace agreed. soon the two of them stood on stage, reading in unison. as mr. pace grew comfortable, mrs. bush lowered her voice and
lowered it again and then again, until at last jt pace was reading entirely on his own. , supported he read by barbara bush, who stood to his side, now silent. voicerk was done when his spoke of the unending search for more perfect union. voice, not found his least because barbara bush had lent him her heart. just last summer on a sunny day on the bush's porch and made -- turned to one were to and the terrible saturday when george herbert walker bush was shot down on a bombing raid. two of his crewmates did not
make it, becoming casualties of war. lieutenant bush parachuted out of the bomber, plunged into the sea, came up to the surface, flopped onto a life raft, and waited, scared and retching. captured bysh been the japanese, he would have been held captive on an island that was home to horrific war crimes, including cannibalism. bar, he would say in later years, i could have been an d'oeuvre. [laughter] jon: in truth, it had been the closest of calls. , in great old age, lost in reminiscence -- you must have been saved for a reason. i know there had to be a reason. president bush sat silently for
the briefest of moments, then anded that big left-hand pointed his finger across the table at his wife. hoarsely, you were the reason. >> as i stand here today to share a few words about my mom, i feel her looming presence behind me, and i know exactly what she is thinking right now. jeb, keep it short. don't drag this out. people have heard enough remarks already. and most of all, don't get weepy. remember, i spent decades laughing and living a life with these people, and that is true. barbara bush filled our lives
with laughter and joy, and in the case of our family, she was our teacher and role model on how to live a life of purpose and meaning. on the half, we want to thank the thousands and thousands of expressions of condolence and love for our precious mother. we want to think mom's caregivers for their compassionate care in the last months of her life. i want to thank neil and maria for their next-door family love of our parents, and thank john and susan for their elegant words. meacham, you might have been a little long, but it was beautiful. [laughter] jeb: we want to thank russ and laura for their friendship and pastoral care of our parents, and we want to thank all who are gathered here to celebrate the life of barbara bush. it is appropriate to express gratitude, because we learned to do that at a very early age. you see, our mom was our first and most important teacher. sit up, look people in the eye, say please and thank you, do
your homework, quit whining, and and stop complaining. eat your broccoli. yes, dad, she said that. [laughter] jeb: the little things we learned became habits, and they lead to bigger things, like be kind, always tell the truth, never disparage anyone, serve others, treat everyone as you would want to be treated, and love your god with your heart and soul. what a blessing to have a teacher like that 24/7. now, to be clear, her students were not perfect. [laughter] jeb: that's an understatement. mom got us through difficult times with consistent, take it to the bank, unconditional, but tough love. she called her style the benevolent dictatorship, but honestly, it wasn't always benevolent. [laughter] jeb: one hour children got a
little older, they would spend more time visiting their gampy and ganny. all it would take would be one week and when they came home, all of a sudden they were pitching in around the house. they didn't fight as much and all of a sudden they were nice to be with. [laughter] jeb: i attribute this to the unbridled fear of the ganny lecture and the habit-forming effects of better behavior taking hold. even in her 90's, mom could strike fear into her grandchildren, nephews, nieces , and her children if someone did not behave. there were no safe spaces or micro aggressions allowed with barbara pierce bush. [laughter] jeb: but in the end, every y lovedild new their gann them. we learned a lot more from our mom and our ganny. we learned not to take ourselves too seriously. we learned that humor is a joy that should be shared. some of my greatest memories are
participating in our family dinners when mom would get into it, most of the time with george , and have us all laughing to tears. we learned to be authentic by the best role model in the world. her authentic plastic pearls, her not coloring her hair. beautiful, she was until the day she died. of an hiv/aids patient at a time her own mother would not do it. her standing by her man with a little rhyming poetry in the 1984 election. in a thousand other ways barbara pierce bush was real, and that is why people admired and loved her so. finally, our family had a front row seat for the most amazing love story. through a multitude of moves, from new haven, odessa, ventura to bakersfield, the compton, to houston, the d.c., the new york, back to houston and kennebunkport -- phew -- their
love was a constant in our lives. my dad is a phenomenal letter writer and would write mom on their wedding anniversary, which totaled an amazing 73 years. here is one of them written on january 6, 1994. "will you marry me? oops, i forgot we did that 49 years ago." [laughter] jeb: "i was very happy on that day in 1945, but i'm even happier today. you have given me joy that few men know. you have made our boys into men by bawling them out and then, right away, by loving them. you helped our daughter be the sweetest, greatest daughter in the whole wide world. i have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being barbara's husband. mom used to tell me, george, do not walk ahead. little did she know, i was only trying to keep up with barbara pierce from rye, new york. i love you." the last time my mom went into the hospital, i think dad got sick on purpose so he could be with her.
that is my theory, at least, because literally a day later he showed up with an illness. [laughter] jeb: he came into her room when she was sleeping and held her hand. his hair was standing straight up. he had on a mask to improve his breathing. he was wearing a hospital gown. in other words, he looked like hell. [laughter] jeb: mom opened her eyes and said, my god, george, you are devastatingly handsome. [laughter] every nurse, doctor, staffer had to run to the hallway because they started crying. i hope you can see why we think our mom and our dad are teachers and models for our entire family and for many others. finally, the last time i was with her, i asked her about diet. what she -- asked her about diet ng. was she ready to go? was she sad? without missing a beat, she said, i believe in jesus and he
is my savior. i do not want to leave your dad but i know i will be in a beautiful place. mom, we look forward to being with you and robin and all of god's children. i love you. announcer: arizona republican senator john mccain died on august 25, just over a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. prior to his funeral at the national cathedral, friends and family gathered for a memorial service at north phoenix baptist church in arizona. old and hadyears only been a public defender. i was a few years out of law school. for some reason, john mccain asked me to be his chief of staff when he got elected. a.m.,first day at 7:00 john mccain picked me up at my house. i went to the car and said, do you want me to drive. he said, no, i am going to drive.
i said, well, maybe i can sit in the back seat. [laughter] grant: i am no expert on this, because i thought the staff drove. he said, no, get in the car, boy. for the next half hour, we talked about the football game the day before and whatever was in the news and politics and told a few jokes. andas really a lot of fun also quite terrifying because of his ridiculously bad driving. [laughter] -- he when he got excited drove like this anyway, and then he would get excited and start drifting off. we finally got where we were going. i said, by the way, what are we doing. he said, i hired the whole staff and i want you to meet him. -- meet them. ok, that's good. [laughter] grant: we met the staff and went back to the car.
all the stuff came out and they were all waving. i said, they seem to be very nice. he said, you are going to have to fire half of them. [laughter] grant: what are you talking about? he just sped off. staff was waving. about one minute later, we went right back by because he had gone the wrong way, of course. [laughter] grant: waived again. epitomizedtwo hours the next 35 years for me with john mccain. , wild,at once harrowing crazy, but a lot of fun and the greatest honor of my life. people ask me all the time, did you ever know in those early a feeling you have there was someone so special there? my answer is absolutely, no question. december inme was a
my hometown of mesa, arizona. .e were in a rotary club i think it was all men at that time. these are tough guys, kind of cynical about things, and here is this new guy in town. one of them asked him, what about christmas in prison? he told them a couple of stories. he told them about one night when he was being interrogated for quite a long time and it did not go to well for his captors. they were upset with him. they tied him up, tied the rope's tight, and left him there for the night. who he didcame in not know and had never spoken to. at 10:00 a.m., the guard loosened the ropes. at about 4:00 a.m., the guard came back and tightened them again so he would not get in trouble.
john did not know why that happened, but he found out a clue a couple weeks later christmas when he was standing in the dirt yard and that guard walked up next to them. the guard did not say a word, -- he drew asandal cross in the dirt. they looked at it for a minute and then the guard rubbed it out and went on his way. and it was quiet in that room when john told that. then he said, you know, on andstmas eve we celebrated we got together under this bare lightbulb and we sang christmas carols and we quoted bible verses that we could remember and we told the gospel story to each other. image ofss just that
this band of brothers together in this godforsaken place, , and thereeach other at the front, our god, -- our guy, john mccain, beaten up but not down, singing his favorite christmas carol, "silent night." holy night, all is calm, all is bright. round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant, so tender and mild. the words seemed so far away from that place, but they leaned on their fathers and their faith in each other and their faith in their country and their faith in god. i looked out into the audience in my hometown, and those were some of my peers and the peers
of my parents. those are top, independent guys, ranchers and farmers. some cowboys. businessmen, entrepreneurs, and they were crying. mccain they saw in john a little bit of what they hoped to see in themselves. they saw in john mccain the embodiment of values that they hoped to see for their country. over the next few months and years, john got to know this place, and he fell in love with arizona. he loved the people, our diversity, our native american ,ommunity, our hispanic culture and he loved the place. in particular, the grand canyon. the colorado river. we floated down that twice
together, and then he kept going back and back. he loved it. he hiked the canyon with jack not that long ago, rim to rim. he loved sedona. he loved this place. if john mccain fell in love with arizona, arizona fell in love with john mccain. we ran a lot of races here, a lot of elections. he never lost. never really very close. arizona loved him. timed one little blip one when he ran for the senate the first time. he called me on the phone, he goes, boy, i think i might have screwed up. you said, you know, i was talking to these students at u of a and they said, how come you are the only politician who comes down here? they only come to retirement places. he said, it is because you guys don't vote. [laughter] grant: those other dudes vote
, you100%, so, you know want people to come down here, you need to vote like they vote out in seizure world. [laughter] grant: i said, you didn't say that, did you? because there is this big retirement community called leisure world in the east valley. they were not real happy with their new nickname out there. so john said, like he always does, ok, i screwed up. we got to go out there. we. [laughter] , and iso we went out remember we drove in. there was about a 90-year-old guy in a golf cart giving us the finger. [laughter] did he know, we both said, that's great. we loved it. john is light, good to see you, thank you.
we went in, he said, sorry about that, and went to work. what? i think he won them about 85-15 in that election, that present. we are going to miss so many things about him here in our state. his leadership in these important issues. we are going to miss his sense of humor, his love of sports. he loved the teams. all of our teams. by love them, i mean love them, like nonstop. and he loved you guys, fits and gonzo and shane, he really did. not a coincidence. he did not become friends just with the best players, but with the best people. he love you guys. -- he loved you guys. we also worried in arizona about the bigger picture, and i hope that what he stood for will maybe get renewed -- get a
renewed look in our country. that's what he would want. we recognize him now, but now let's get to work. i'm sure the vice president will talk about john and bipartisanship. he believed so much that in the end, when it is all said and done, this republican and democrat thing is not that important. we are all americans and we have to get to the point where we can work together as americans. his support of the military. i hope you members of congress will keep that strong. it was so important that he had their backs. and one other thing. john mccain believed in our constitution and he stood up for it. he fought for it every step of the way. so he would not stand by as people tried to trample the constitution or the bill of rights, including the first amendment. and you know what? he believed in the declaration of independence, when we proclaimed to the world that
every single human being is important, every single human being is precious, every single person in this world has the right to live free. not because the government says so, but because god gave us that right. life,n mccain, his entire stood by the freedom fighters across the world. he was there. he was there figuratively and literally, by their side wherever they were, acknowledging their right to live free. it's a long and winding road that took him from that dirtyard in hanoi to the back roads of hidden valley. but through it all, he was resolute. he was courageous every step of the way. and in arizona, he was our hero. i think you can see from this
amen. [applause] vp biden: my name is joe biden. [laughter] i am a democrat. [laughter] and i love john mccain. i have had the dubious honor over the years of giving some mengies for fine women and that i have admired. but this one is hard. the three men who have spoken before me i think captured john,
different aspects of john, in a way that only someone close to him could understand. it, theway i look at iy i thought about it, was always thought of john as a brother. we had a lot of family fights. [laughter] vp biden: we go back a long way. i was a young united states senator. i got elected when i was 29 and had the dubious distinction of being put on the foreign relations committee. the next youngest person was 14 years older than me. i spent a lot of time traveling the world because i was assigned responsibility.
my colleagues in the senate know i was chairman of the european affairs subcommittee, so i spent a lot of time with nato and in the soviet union. along came a guy a couple of years later, a guy i knew of, admired from afar. your husband, who had been a prisoner of war, who had endured and or ms. pain and suffering -- enormous pain and suffering and demonstrated the code, the mccain code. people don't think much about it today, but imagine having already known the pain you are ure and being offered the opportunity to go home and saying no. last one in, last one out. so i knew john.
and john became the navy liaison officer in the united states senate. office that used to be on the basement floor of members of the military who are assigned to senators when they travel abroad to make with -- to meet with heads of state and other foreign dignitaries. john had been recently released from the hanoi hilton, a genuine hero, and he became the navy liaison. for some reason, we hit it off from the beginning. we were both full of dreams and ambitions. to makehelming desire the time we had there worthwhile , to try to do the right thing, to think about how we could make
things better for the country we love so much. and john and i ended up traveling every time i went anywhere -- ended up traveling. every time i went anywhere, i took john with me, or he took me with him. china, japan, france, turkey, all over the world, tens of thousands of miles. we would sit on that plane. late in the night when everyone else was asleep and just talk, getting to know one another. we would talk about family. we would talk about politics. we would talk about international relations. we would talk about promise, the promise of america, because we were both cockeyed optimists and really believed there is not a single thing beyond the capacity of this country -- for real, not a single thing. know anotherget to
woman or man, you get to know their hopes and fears. you get to know their family before you meet them. you get to know how they feel about the important things. we talked about everything except captivity and the loss of my family, which had just occurred. my wife and daughter. the only two things we did not talk about. but i found that it wasn't too long into john's duties that jill and i got married. jill is with me today. five years i had been a single that -- dad. and no man deserves one great love, let alone two. i met jill, who changed my life. she fell in love with him and he with her. he would always call her -- as lindsay later would travel with
us -- he would call her jillie. matter of fact, when they would get bored being with me on these trips, i remember going to greece -- he said, why don't i just take jill to dinner? i later learned they were down port andé on the he has her dancing on top of a zo.ent table drinking boozou not a joke. chile. [laughter] vp biden: but we got to know each other well, and he love my son beau and my son hunt. as a young man, he came up to my house. he would come up to wilmington. out of this grew a great friendship that transcended whatever political differences we had or later developed. because above all -- above all
-- we understood the same thing. all politics is personal. it is all about trust. i trusted john with my life, and i think he would trust me with his. we both knew then from our different experiences -- and as our life progressed we learned even more -- that there are times when life can be so cruel, hard toblinding, it is see anything else. the disease that took john's life took our mutual friend's teddy's life, the exact same disease, nine years ago. and three years ago, it took my beautiful son beau's life. it is brutal, relentless, unforgiving. and it takes so much from those
we love and from the families who love them that in order to survive, we have to remember how they lived, not how they died. me an image of beau, sitting out on the little lake we live on, starting the motor of the boat, smiling and waving. not the last days. i am sure vicki kennedy has her own image, maybe seeing teddy looking so alive on that sailboat out in the cape. and for the family, for the family, you will find your own images, whether it is remembering his smile or his last or a touch on the shoulder or rubbing his hand on your cheek.
like you canng turn and see him just smiling at you from a distance, just looking at you. or when you saw the sheer joy that crossed his face the moment he knew he was about to take the stage in the senate floor and start a fight. [laughter] vp biden: god, he loved it. [laughter] vp biden: so to cindy and the kids, doug, andy. cindy, megan, jack, jimmy, bridget. i know she is not here, but to mrs. mccain. we know how difficult it is to bury a child. my heart goes out to you. pain know right now the you all are feeling is so sharp hollowing.low -- john's absence is so consuming
for you right now, it is like being sucked into a black hole inside your chest. it is frightening. i know something else, unfortunately from experience. there is nothing anyone can say or do to ease the pain right now. comfortay you take some knowing that because you shared john with all of us your whole life, the world now shares with you the ache of john's death. look around this magnificent church. at the state saw capital yesterday. , buts hard to stand there part of it was -- at least it was for me with beau in the state capital -- you knew it was
genuine, it was deep. he touched so many lives. and i have gotten calls, not just because people know we were friends, not just from people around the country, but leaders around the world calling me. i am getting all these sympathy letters. i mean, hundreds of them, and tweets. character is destiny. character. will miss his leadership and his passion, even his stubbornness, you are going to miss that hand on your shoulder. the family, you are going to man,the man, the faithful
knew wouldwho you literally give his life for you. and for that, there is no balm but time. time and your memories of a life lived well and live fully -- lived fully. but i make you a promise. i promise you, the time will come -- because what is going to happen is six months will go by and everybody is going to think, well, it is past. but you are going to ride by that field work smell that fragrance or see that flashing image, and you are going to feel the way you did when you got the news. but you know you are going to make it when the image of your friendur husband, your
crosses your mind and a smile comes to your lips before a tear to your eye. that is when you know. and i promise you, i give you my word, i promise you, this i know -- that day will come. that day will come. sure my former colleagues and all who worked with john -- i am sure there is people who have said to you, not only now but the last 10 years -- explain this guy to me. right? explain this guy to me. because as i looked at him, in one sense they admired him, but in one sense, the way things have changed so much in america,
they looked at him as if john came from another age. he lived by another code, an ancient, antiquated code where honor, courage, character, integrity, duty. it was obvious how john lived his life. code was is, john's ageless. is ageless. when you talked earlier, grant, you talked about values. it wasn't about politics with john. you can disagree on substance, but the underlying values that animated everything john did, everything he was. you could come to a different conclusion. he would part company with you if you lacked the basic values , knowingy, respect
that this project is bigger than yourself. john's story is the american story. that is not hyperbole. it is the american story. grounded in respect and decency, basic fairness. the intolerance for the abuse of power. many of you travel the world. look how the rest of the world looks at us. they look at us as naïve. we are so fair, we are so decent. we are the naïve americans. but that is who we are. that's who john was. stand the abuse it, inr wherever he saw
whatever form and whatever country. he was always about basic values, john, fairness, honesty, dignity, respect. giving hate no safe harbor. leaving no one behind. and understanding as americans we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. with john, it was a value set that was neither selfish nor self-serving. john understood that america was first and foremost an idea. risky, organized around not tried but around -- e but around ideals. think about how he approached every issue.
the ideals americans have rallied around for over 200 years, the ideals the world has repaired two, ideals enshrined in the constitution. sounds corny. we hold these truths self-evident, that all men are created equal, and out by their creator with certain inalienable rights. to john, those words have meaning -- had meaning, as they had for every great patriot that has ever served this country. we both loved the senate. from his years of my life were being a united states senator. i was honored to be vice president, but being a united states senator. we both lamented watching a change. during long debates in the 1980's and 1990's, some of the colleagues around then would know, i would always sit next to
john or he would come over on the democratic side and sit next to me. no, i am not joking. because we would sit there and talk to each other. i cannot member the day when i came out to see john, we reminisced about it. it was in 1996 and we were about to adjourn for the caucuses. there is a luncheon once a week where all the democratic senators have lunch together and all the republican senators. we both went into our caucus and, coincidentally, we were approached by our caucus leaders with the same thing. joe, it doesn't look good, you sitting next to john all the time. [laughter] vp biden: i swear to god, same thing was said to john in your caucus. [laughter] vp biden: that is when things began to change for the worse in america in the senate. that is when it changed.
timesappened was at those it was always appropriate to challenge another senator's judgment, but never appropriate to challenge their motive. when you challenge their motive, it is impossible to get to go. if i say you are doing this because you are being paid off because you are not a good christian, because you are this, that, or the other -- it is impossible to reach consensus. think about your personal lives. today is attack the opposition in both parties, their motives, not the substance of the argument. this is the mid-1990's. it began to go downhill from there. john was on the
senate floor, what was he fighting to do? he was fighting to restore what we called regular order. just how to treat one another again like we used to. the senate was never perfect, john, you know that. we were there a long time together. but i watched kennedy and jamie eastman fight like hell on civil rights, and they would go to lunch together down in the senate dining room. john wanted to see "regular order" writ large. get to know one another. john and i were both amused, and i think lindsay was at one of these events, where john and i received two prestigious awards last year i was vice president
and one immediately after. for our dignity and respect we showed to one another. we received an award for stability in public life. -- alleghenyllege county puts out this prestigious award every year for bipartisanship. john and i looked at each other and said, what in the hell is going on here? [laughter] vp biden: no, not a joke. i said to senator flake, that is how it is supposed to be. you are getting them to award? i am serious. think about this. getting an award for your stability -- civility? getting them to award for bipartisanship. classic john wanted allegheny college, hundreds of people thee, we got the award and senate was in session so he spoke first.
as he walked off the stage and i walked on, he said, joe, don't take it personally, but i just don't want to hear what the hell you have to say. and left. [laughter] vp biden: one of john's major campaign people is now with the senate with the governor of ohio. on tv this morning and i happened to watch it. he said biden-mccain had this strange relationship where they always seemed to have each other's back. when i was in trouble, john was always the first guy there, and i hope i was there for him. we never hesitated to give each other advice. he would call me in the middle of the campaign, say, what the hell did you say that for? you just screwed up, joe. i would occasionally call him.
look, i have been thinking this week about why john's death has hit the country so hard. yes, he was a long serving senator with a remarkable record. yes, he was a two-time presidential candidate who captured the support and imagination of the american people. and yes, john was a war hero who demonstrated extraordinary courage. i think of john and i must say i think of my son, ingersoll's words, when duty defies fear, when honor scorns to compromise with death, that his hero is him -- that is heroism. everybody knows that about john. but i don't think it fully hasains why the country been so taken by john's passing. i think it is something more intangible. i think it is because they knew john believed so deeply and so
passionately in the soul of america. easier for them to have confidence and faith in america. in the core values of the nation made them somehow feel it more genuinely themselves. that we as an country would never walk away from the sacrifices generations of americans have made to defend liberty and freedom and human dignity around the world made average americans proud of themselves and their country. -- belief -- and it was deep that americans can do anything, withstand anything, achieve
was both unflagging and ultimately reassuring, that this man believed that so strongly. his capacity that we truly are the world's last, best hope, that we are the beacon to the world, that there are principles and ideals greater than ourselves that we are sacrificing, suffering for, and if necessary dying for. americans saw how he lived his life that way, and they knew the truth of what he was saying. i just think he gave americans confidence. john was a hero. his character, courage, honor, integrity. i think the thing that is understated the most is his optimism. that is what made john special,
made john a giant among all of us. but in my view, john didn't believe that america's future and fate rested on heroes. we used to talk about what i liked most about him vp. biden: heroes did not build this country. ordinary people given half a chance are capable of doing extraordinary things. extraordinary things. john knew ordinary americans understood that each of us had a duty to defend the integrity of birthright of every child. a good community is built by thousands of small acts of decency that americans, as i speak today, show each other every single day. very deep in the dna of this soul, hostile -- nation's
each of us carries with us the capacity, the responsibility, and we can screw up the courage to ensure that is not extinguished. it is 1000 little things that make us different. bottom-line was i think john believed in us. think he believed in the american people, not just all the preambles, the constitution. he believed in the american people. all 325 million of us. even though john is no longer with us, he left us pretty clear instructions. believe always in the promise and greatness of america because nothing is inevitable here." close to the last thing john said to the whole nation as he
knew he was about to depart. that is what he wanted, america. what he wanted america to understand. not to build his legacy. he wanted america to remind him, to understand. i think john's legacy is going to continue to inspire and challenge generations of leaders as they stepped forward, and john mccain's impact on america is not over. that is not hyperbole. it is not over. i do not think it is even close. so much of what he was to you. you were his -- when i was with you both, i could just see how he looked at you. jill is the one when we were in hawaii, he first met you there. said go up and talk to her. andy,ug m at me -- and
you may not have had your father as long as you would have liked, but you got from him everything you need. you need to pursue your own dreams, to follow the course of euro in spirit -- your own spirit. you are a living legacy. that is not hyperbole. a living legacy and proof of john mccain's success. john is going to take his ofhtful place in a long line extraordinary leaders in this nation's history, who in their time and in their way stood for freedom and stood for liberty. and have made the american story the most improbable and the most hopeful and the most enduring story on earth. henow john said he hoped played a small part in that story. john, you did much more than
that, my friend. shakespeare, we shall not see his like again. [applause] former president george h.w. bush died on november 30 at the age of 94 and was laid to rest next to barbara bush and their daughter, robin, who died at age three after being diagnosed with leukemia. ceremonies for president bush took place at the u.s. capitol. the national cathedral and the bush family church in houston.
[no audio] the story was almost over, even before it had fully begun. saturday,ter dawn on september 2, 1994, georgia robert bush, joined by two crewmates, took off from the uss san jacinto to attack a radio on then she did gmail -- town. the hair was heavy. the plane was hit. smoke-filled the cockpit, flames raced across the wings. my god, lieutenant bush thought.
going to go down. yet he kept the plane in a 35 degree dive, dropped his bonds, and then roared off out to sea, telling his crewmates to hit the silk. following protocol, lieutenant bush turned the plane so they could bail out. only then did bush parachute from the cockpit. the wind propelled him backward, head on thed his tail of the plane as he flew through the sky. he plunged deep into the ocean and flopped onto a tiny raft. his head bleeding, his eyes burning, his mouth and throat raw from salt water. the future 41st president of the united states was alone. sensing that his men had not
made it, he was overcome. he felt the weight of responsibility as a nearly physical burden. and he wept. then, at four minutes shy of me in, a submarine emerged to rescue the downed pilot. george herbert walker bush was safe. story, his story, and hours, s, would go by -- our on by god's grace. president bush would frequently ask, nearly daily, he would ask himself "why me? why was i spared?" and in a sense, the rest of his life was a perennial effort to prove himself worthy of his
salvation on that distant morning. longer his life was no his own. there were always more missions to undertake, more lives to touch, and more love to give. what a headlong race he made of it all. he never slowed down. on the primary campaign trail in new hampshire once, he grabbed the hand of an apartment store mannequin, asking for votes. [applause] >> when he realized his mistake, he said "you never know. got to ask." [laughter] >> you can year the voice, can't you? as dana carty said, the key to a bush 41 impersonation is mr. rogers trying to be john wayne. [laughter]
george herbert walsh are both -- walker bush was america's last great soldier statesman. a 20th century founding father. he governed with virtues that most closely resembled those of washington and of adams, of pr and of fdr, of truman, and of eisenhower. of men who believed in causes larger than themselves. , handsome, dominant in person, president bush spoke with those big, strong hands, making fists to underscore points. a master of what franklin roosevelt called the science of human relationships. that when much is
given, much is expected, and because life gave him so much, he gave back again and again and again. he stood in the breach in the cold war against totalitarianism. he stood in the breach in washington against unthinking partisanship. he stood in the breach against tyranny and discrimination, and on his watch, a wall fell in berlin. a dictator's aggression did not stand, and doors across america opened to those with disabilities. life, hes personal stood in the breach against heart break and hurt. outstretchedng an hand, a warm word, a sympathetic cheer.
if you were down, he would rush to lift you up. if you were soaring, he would rush to savor your success. gracious, comforting ,nd charming, loving and loyal inwas our shield dangerous hours. there was ambition, to you. to serve, he had to succeed. had to prevail. politics, he once admitted, is not a pure undertaking, not if you want to win, it is not. us aperfect man, he left more perfect union. that for asaid ofnly intelligent statesman
stirring, almost unparalleled private eloquence, public speaking was not exactly a strong suit. it is something that i am often not accused of, fluency in english, he once remarked. looking ahead to the 88th election, he observed, in arguably, it is no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or the other. [laughter] >> and late in his presidency, he allowed that we are enjoying sluggish times, but we are not enjoying them very much. [laughter] tom may have run amok -- tongue may have run amok at moments, but his heart was steadfast. his code was tell the truth. do not blame people. be strong.
do your best. try hard. forgive. stay the course. and that was and is the most american of creeds. abraham lincoln's better angels of our nature, and george h.w. light thousand points of our companion versus in america's national hymn. for lincoln and bush, both called on us to choose the right over the convenience, to hope heedr than to fear, and to not our worst impulses but our best instincts. in this work, he had the most wonderful of allies in barbara pierce bush, his wife of 73 years. barbara, the
silver fox, and when the central ,ussia -- situation warranted the enforcer. he was the only boy you ever kissed. her children, mrs. bush like to say, always wanted to throw up when they heard that. in a letter to barbara during the war, young george h.w. bush had written "i love you, precious, with all my heart, and to know that you loved me means my life. how lucky our children will be , andve a mother like you as they will tell you, they surely were. as vice president, bush once visited a children's leukemia ward in krakow. 35 years before, he and barbara had lost a daughter, robin, to the disease. in krakow, a small boy wanted to greet the american vice president.
learning that the child was sick that had taken robin, bush began to cry. to his diary later that day, the vice president said this. "my eyes flooded with tears. and behind me was a bank of television cameras, and i around.i cannot turn i cannot dissolve because of personal tragedy in the face of the nurses that give of themselves every day, so i stood there looking at this little guy , tears running down my cheek, hoping he would not see, but if he did, hoping he would feel that i loved him. that was the real george h.w.
, with a big,g man vibrant, all enveloping heart. and so, we ask as we commend his soul to god, and as he did, why him? why was he spared? areworkings of providence mysterious, but this much is clear. the george herbert walker bush who survived that fiery fall into the waters of the pacific three quarters of a century ago made our lives and the lives of warmer,freer, better, and nobler. that was his mission. that was his heartbeat. ,nd if we listen closely enough we can hear that heartbeat even now.
when my father, millard simpson, was a member of the united dates senate -- states senate. i came to washington to settle in his new office, being vacated by senator prescott bush. george's father. we met again when my parents left and sold their home to a brand spanking new congressman from texas named george herbert walker bush. george and barbara, mom-and-pop, did that handshake. sound familiar? i came to the senate in 1978. soon after that, ronald reagan cornered me and asked me to support him for president. , not knowing that my friend george would enter the fray. hearing that, i called and i said george, i want to tell you
i would love to help, but i already committed to ronald reagan. while, i amponse, -- well, i am sorry about that. i probably should have let you know sooner. actually, a guy does not get many calls from a friend who says they cannot support him. sound familiar? of course it does. themee in george bush's of life, during all the highs and lows, there is a simple credo. what would we do without family and friends? and when he became vice wasident, our friendship refreshed and the four of us had many, many pleasant times together. my life in austin was rather tumultuous. i went from the asocial list to the "b." and i never came back to the
"a." [laughter] >> in one dark period, i was feeling awful low, and all my wounds were self-inflicted. all of them. and george called me early one morning, always early in the , country music playing in the background, and he said i see the media is shooting you pretty full of holes. actually, he said it a bit more pungent even that. and he said why don't we go to camp david? come over and we will have a weekend together. at that time, his popularity rating was 93%. .93.was [laughter] >> so off we went. the media of horse all gathered marine one. to
marine one. george said, now wave to your pals over there in the media, al. and they did not wait back. is goinging, he through all the papers in the u.s. and he looks up and he says here is the one i have been looking for. a section of barbara and anne, later, we ared having a sauna, and i said, george, i am not unmindful as to what you are doing. you are propping up-year-old wounded duck -- up your old wounded duck pal. you reach out to me while i am tangled in rich controversy and taking my lumps, and he said " yup." [laughter] mr. simpson: there were staff members who told me not to do this. this is about friendship and loyalty. sound familiar?
i had an awful lot of fun, too. always a delight to be in the president's box at the kennedy center, off to play at the national theater of the warner with the bushes. outside of the president's box one evening, there was a massive foot vase -- six foot vase with an extraordinary glaze. i hope you know the difference between a "vahse." a $35. george walked up to it and i said i think that is a trust in truscian. it could only be found during that era. i said, no, no, george. the patina gives me the perception it was possibly older. perhaps of greek origin. for that particular paste before
firing. people gathered around mumbling about these expert observers, and barbara and anne finally came by and said get out of here. both of you. get back to the box. well, we did. well, it was impressive for a wele, and then of course, went to see michael crawford, singing the songs of angela lloyd webber. all four of us were singing as we went back to the white house. "don't cry for me, argentina." and tidbits from phantom of the opera and other magic of whether -- webber. a few days later, he was getting hammered by the press, and don'tly, he seems out, "♪
sing for me, argentina ♪." the president wrote that he was finally losing his marbles. graduatedred guests before us, who have held this noble post. know well of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. he was a class act from birth to death. inheld up a strong sinews mind and body, gained from the extraordinary mother. .e compared our mothers certainly most awesome fathers. arehistory books will and treating him most fairly. while uncovering some other powerful traits, his great competitiveness, his wrong courage -- raw courage, and his self discipline. congressional participants
drafted a remarkable bill that dealt with to your budgeting, entitlement reform, comprehensive and catastrophic health care, social security solvency, and much more. but it required the critical ingredient called revenue. taxes,ted into the word translated into the word "read my lips." and the group went to george and said, look, we can get this package done, but we must have some revenue, and he said -- i will never forget -- he said, what i have said on that subject was a hell of a lot of heat on me. all said yes, we can get it done, and it will be bipartisan. for it,ge said, ok, go but it will be a real punch in the gut.
for george took it back to the senate and we won a very strong bipartisan vote. over to the went house for his own party who turned on him. surely, one of the main factors ensuring his return to private life. thehe often said, when really tough choices come, it is the country, not me. it's not about democrats or republicans. it is for our country that i have fought for. he was a man of such great humility, those who travel the high road of humility in washington, d.c., are not bothered by heavy traffic. [laughter] and he had a very closes flaw, known by all
to him. he loved a good joke. the richer, the better. he threw his head back and gave a great laugh, but he never, ever could remember a punchline. [laughter] mr. simpson: and i mean never. so the punch line for george herbert walker bush is this -- you would have wanted him on your side. he never lost his sense of humor. humor is the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life. that is what humor is. he never hated anyone. he knew what his mother and my mother always knew. hatred corrodes the container it is carried in. most decent and honorable person i ever met was my friend, george bush. one of nature's nobleman. his epitaph, perhaps a single letter, the letter "l" for
loyalty. a course through his blood -- it coursed through his blood. loyalty to his family, to his the institutions of government, and always, always, always, a friend to his friends. none of us were ready for this day. we mourned his loss from our own lives, and what he was to each of us. that is so personal, so intimate, so down inside. he would have been so much easier to celebrate his life with him here. but he is gone, irrevocably gone . and now, we would have -- upon him. we shall always retain his memory in our hearts. god has come to take him back. day,l knew on one unknown he would return to his god.
now, we give him up. we commend him to your loving hands. thank you for him. god rest his soul. >> distinguished guests, including our presidents and first ladies, government officials, dignitaries, and , we end up families thank you all for being here -- we and our families thank you for being here. the idea is to die job as late as late asoung
possible. at age 85, a favorite pastime of george h.w. bush was firing up his boat, the fidelity, and opening up the engines to fly, joyfully fly, across the atlantic with the secret service boats straining to keep up. [laughter] mr. bush: at age 90, george h.w. bush parachuted out of an aircraft and landed on the grounds in maine. the church where his mom was married and where he worshiped often. mother liked to say he chose the location just in case it did not open. his 90's, he took great delight when his closest pal, james a. baker, smuggled a bottle of grey bruce vodka
into his -- goosee vodka into his hospital room. -- goose vodka into his hospital room. to his last day, dad's life was instructive. he taught us how to grow with dignity, humor, and kindness. when the good lord finally called, how to meet him with courage and the joy and promise of what lies ahead. one reason that dad knew how to die young is that he almost did it twice. mr. bush: when he was a teenager, a staph infection nearly took his life. a few years later, he was alone in the pacific on a liferaft, praying that his rescuers would find him before the enemy did. god answered those prayers. turns out he had other plans for george h.w. bush. for dad's part, i think those brushes with death made him
cherish the gift of life. he vowed to live every day to the fullest. dad was always busy. a man in constant motion. but never too busy to share his love of life with those around him. he taught us to love the outdoors. he loved watching dogs flush a cubbie. he loved landing the elusive striper. and once confined to a wheelchair, he seemed happiest sitting in his favorite perch on the back porch at walker's point, contemplating the majesty of the atlantic. the horizons he saw were bright and hopeful. he was a genuinely optimistic man. that optimism guided his children and made each of us believe that anything was possible. he continually broadened his horizons with daring decisions. he was a patriot. after high school, he put
college on hold and became a navy fighter pilot as world war ii broke out. like many of his generation, he never talked about his service. until his time as a public figure forced his hand. we learned of the attack, the mission completed, the chute down. we learned of the death of his crewmates. home he thought about during his entire life. we learned of the rescue. then another audacious decision, he moved his young family from the comforts of the east coast to odessa, texas. he and mom adjusted to their arid surroundings quickly. a tolerant man, he was kind and neighborly to the women with who mom, and i shared a bathroom in our small duplex. even after he learned of their profession, ladies of the night.
[laughter] mr. bush: dad could relate to people from all walks of life. he was an empathetic man who valued character over pedigree. and he was no cynic. he looked for the good in each person and he usually found it. he taught us that public service is noble and necessary. that one can serve with integrity and hold true to the important values like faith and family. he strongly believed it was important to give back to the community and the country in which one lived. he recognized that serving others enriched the soul of the giver. to us, his was the brightest of a thousand points of light. in victory he shared credit, when he lost he shouldered the blame.
he accepted that failure is a part of living a full life, but taught us never to be defined by failure. he showed us how setbacks can strengthen. none of his disappointments could compare with one of life's greatest tragedies, the loss of a young child. jeb and i were too young to remember the pain and agony that he and mom felt when our three-year-old sister died. we only learned of later that dad, a man of quiet faith, prayed for her daily. he was sustained by the love of the almighty and the real and enduring love of her mom. dad always believed that one day he would hug his precious robin again. he loved to laugh. especially at himself. he could tease and needle but never out of malice. he placed great value on a good joke. that's why he chose simpson to speak. [laughter]
mr. bush: on email, he had a circle of friends with whom he shared and received the latest jokes. his grading system for the quality of the joke was classic george bush. the rare sevens and eights were considered huge winners. most of them off color. [laughter] mr. bush: he knew how to be a true and loyal friend. he nurtured and honored his many friendships with a generous and giving soul. there exist thousands of handwritten notes encourage, sympathizing, or tha nking his friends and acquaintances. he had an enormous capacity to give of himself. many a person would tell you that dad became a mentor and father figure in their life. he listened and consoled, he was their friend. i think of don rhodes, taylor blanton, jim nance, arnold schwarzenegger and perhaps unlikeliest of all, the man who defeated him, bill clinton.
my siblings and i refer to the guys in the group as brothers from other mothers. [laughter] mr. bush: he taught us that a day was not to be wasted. he could play golf at a legendary pace. i always wondered why he insisted on speed golf. he is a good golfer. here is my conclusion. he played fast so that he could move on to the next event, to enjoy the rest of the day and expend his enormous energy. to live at all. he was born with just two settings. full throttle, dead sleep. [laughter] mr. bush: taught us what it means to be a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. he was firm in his principles and supportive as we began to
seek our own ways. he encouraged and comforted, but never steered. we tested his patience. i know i did. [laughter] mr. bush: but he always responded with a great gift of unconditional love. last friday, when i was told he had minutes to live, i called him. the guy answering the phone said "i think he can hear you, but he hasn't said anything for most of the day." i said, "dad, i love you and you have been a wonderful father." the last words he would ever say the last words he would ever say on earth were "i love you too." to us, he was close to perfect. but not totally perfect. his short game was lousy. [laughter] mr. bush: he wasn't exactly fred astaire on the dance floor. [laughter] mr. bush: the man couldn't stomach vegetables.
[laughter] mr. bush: especially broccoli. [laughter] by the way, he passed these genetic defects along to us. [laughter] mr. bush: finally every day of , his 73 years of marriage, he taught us all what it means to be a great husband. he married his sweetheart, he adored her, he laughed and cried with her, he was dedicated to her totally. in his old age, dad enjoyed watching police show reruns, the volume on high. [laughter] mr. bush: all the while holding mom's hand. after mom died, dad was strong. all he really wanted to do was hold her hand again.
he taught me another special lesson. he showed me what it means to be a president that 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. a diplomat of unmatched skill. a commander in chief of formidable accomplishment. a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor. in his inaugural address, the 41st president of the united states said that we cannot hope to only leave our children a bigger car and a bigger bank account. we must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent. a citizen who leaves his home and neighborhood and his town better than he found it. what do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? that we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us? or that we stopped to ask that a sick child had gotten better and stayed a moment to trade a word
of friendship? well, dad, we will remember you for exactly that and much more. and we are going to miss you. your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever. 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. and in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging robin and holding mom's hand again. [applause]
>> my friends, we are here today in the house of the lord to say goodbye to a man of great faith in great integrity. a truly beautiful human being. and to honor his noble character, his life of service, and the sweet memories he leaves for his friends, his family, and for our great formation. for more than 60 years, george herbert walker bush has been my friend, and he has been my role
model. today, as we entrust his soul to , andn, his name to history his memory to our hearts, i must begin with an apology. i am about to do something you always hated and that your mother always told you not to do. about yourself. i will do this because it must be done. seebecause, as a lawyer, i that thing beloved by all lawyers, a loophole. [laughter] mr. baker: now, do not brad about yourself -- brag about yourself. let others point out your virtues, your good points. today, mr. president, i am that other, with the special privilege and joy of sharing
your good points. as we have heard, and as we know, george bush was a charter of the greatest generation. as we gather here to salute him, his incredible service to our nation and the world are already time. in the marble of after becoming the youngest naval aviator, he served i increasingly responsible positions on behalf of his country. congressman, ambassador to china , and to the united nations. director of the cia, and vice president. then, as history will faithfully record, he became one of our nation's finest presidents, and beyond any doubt, our nation's very best one term president. for millions and millions across the globe, the world became a better place because george bush
occupied the white house for four years. he was not considered a skilled speaker. but his deeds were quite eloquent. and he demonstrated their eloquence by carving them into the hard granite of history. they expressed his moral character, and they reflected his decency, his boundless kindness and consideration of others, his determination always to do the right thing, and to do that to the very best of his ability. they testify to a life nobly lived. he possessed the classic virtues of our civilization and of his faith. the same virtues that express what is best about this country. these same ideals were known to and they were shared by our founding fathers.
george bush was temperate in thought, in word, and in deed. he considered his choices and chose wisely. the berlin wall fell in november, 1989, less than one year into his presidency. it was a remarkable triumph for american foreign policy, as joyous east and west germans danced on the remains of that hated wall, george bush could have joined them, metaphorically, and claimed victory for the west, for america, and frankly, for himself. but he did not. he knew better.
he understood that humility toward and not humiliation of a fallen adversary was the very best path to peace and reconciliation. and so he was able to unify germany as a member of the north atlantic treaty organization, notwithstanding the initial reservations of france, the united kingdom and the soviet union. thus, the cold war ended, not with a bang, but with the sound of a halyard rattling over a pulley over the kremlin in 1991 as the flag of the soviet union was lowered for the very last time. need we ask about george bush's courage? during world war ii, he risked his life in defense of something greater than himself. decades later, when saddam hussein invaded kuwait in august, 1990, and began to brutalize kuwaitis, george bush never wavered.
this will not stand, he said, and he got the rest of the world to join him in reversing that aggression. yes, he had the courage of a warrior, but when the time came for prudence, he always maintained the greater courage of a peacemaker. he ended the wars in central america. he signed two nuclear arms reduction treaties and he brought israel and all of its arab neighbors face-to-face for the first time to talk peace. his deeds for his fellow man always spoke for him. give someone else a hand, he would say, and he did. when a friend is hurting, show that you care, he would say. and he did. be kind to people, he would say. and he was. to the parents of a young son
lost to cancer, he wrote "i hope you will live the rest of your lives, with only happy memories of that wonderful in, who is now safely tucked god's loving arms around him." his wish for a kinder, gentler was not a cynical political slogan. it came honest and unguarded from his soul. after they left the white house, george and barbara bush continued to display their compassion for others. dedication to the points of light, the barbara bush foundation for literacy, and countless other charities, is a model for all former first families, past, present, and future. virtues, we can add one more source of his character,
his family. as a friend once put it, george bush believed that family is a source of both personal strength and the values one needs to face life. and of course, history has shown that few families have accomplished as much as his has. on how toote the book be a great first lady. his legacy lives on with his children, who have contributed so very much to making our nation great. and who knows what the future will bring for his grandchildren and their children? i have always been proud that george bush used to describe our relationship as one of big brother and little brother. he used to say that one of the things he liked best about me was that i would always tell him what i thought, even when i knew he did not want to hear it.
then we would have a spirited discussion about that issue. but he had a very effective way of letting me know when the discussion was over. [laughter] mr. baker: he would look at me and say, baker, if you are so smart, why am i president and you're not? [laughter] leader, ande was a he knew it. my hope is that in remembering the life of george herbert , and in honoring his accomplishments, we will see that we are really praising what is best about our nation. the nation that he dearly loved, and whose values he embodied. there is more to say than time anyway, when measured against the eloquence of george bush's character and are very words inadequate. and so, i conclude these remarks with his words.
written some years ago to his old tennis buddy, "we have known each other a long time," hero to have shared joy and sadness, and time has indeed gone swiftly by. now, it races are even faster, and that makes me treasure even more this line of william butler yates about where man's glory begins and ends, namely with friends. my glory is i have you as such a friend." to which i reply, on behalf of his friends here today across america and throughout the world, we rejoice, mr. president, that you are safely tucked in now, and through the ages, with god's loving arms around you, because our glory, george, was to have had you as our president, and as such, a
friend. > you have been watching portions of the memorial and funeral services for barbara bush. and georgen mccain, h.w. bush. a reminder, you can watch these events in their entirety at our website, www.c-span.org. c-span, we will show you a glimpse of christmas in washington with the white house decorations and the capital and national christmas tree lighting's. after that, former secretary of state condoleezza rice moderates a discussion on democracy. later, we look back at the memorial services for first lady barbara bush, senator john mccain, and former president george h.w. bush. >> this week, join washington journal for authors week, one-hour segments
each morning with a new author. beginning at 8:30 a.m. eastern. on tuesday, juan williams discusses his book, "what the hell do you have to lose: trump's war on civil rights." dershowitz talks about his book "the case against impeaching trump." why are families cannot afford america. on friday, author mona cherish how her book "sex matters: modern feminism lost touch with common sense." "the view from flyover country." sunday, chris mcgreal with "american overdose." join us for authors week on washington journal. 8:00 p.m.y at eastern, conversations with three retiring members of
congress. republicans peter roskam, john coffman, allike discuss losing their reelection bids and discuss their time in congress. >> we would go on our app, our we want things quickly. jefferson wrote this 14 years after he wrote the declaration of independence. the ground of liberty is to be gained by inches. we must be content what we can get from time to time and internally press forward. it takes time to persuade men even to do what is for their own good. my point is that we culturally need to step back and say, look, these things take time. we have got to take small steps in order to get there. >> to think that we spent trillions now on these wars and at the war in afghanistan is going on, you know, 18 years. i think it is just ridiculous, these wars ando our foreign policy has caused us to have more enemies than we would have had. done more harm than good.
>> in the congress of the united states, i believe, in the house of representatives, there is simply, even with the reforms nancy pelosi has pledged to accept based on my counterparts in the problem solvers caucus, there is too much power in into few -- in twoo few hands. >> watch saturday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span and www.c-span.org, and listen with the free c-span radio app. where history unfolds daily. 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. and today, we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public pocy