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for late president george h.w. bush, the motorcade with the hearse making its way to st. martin's episcopal church, the largest the piscopo church in for a ceremony and then president bush will lying in repose overnight. we will have the funeral service for you right here on c-span. earlier today at the national cathedral he and washington, d.c., former president george w. bush eulogized his father.
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our familiesnd thank you for being here. i once heard it said of man the idea is to die young as late as possible. [laughter] 85, a favorite pastime of george h.w. bush, was firing up his boat and opening up the horsepower engines to fly across the atlantic with the secret service boats straining to keep up. at age 90, george h.w. bush parachuted out of an aircraft and landed in maine.
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the church where his mom was married and where he worshiped often. liked to say he chose a vocation just in case the chute did not open. delight0's, he took when his closest pal james baker smuggled a bottle of grey goose vodka into his hospital room. [laughter] it paired well with the state delivered from morton's. dad's life was, instructive. he taught us how to grow with humor and kindness. when the good lord finally have courage and joy with the promise of what lies ahead. one reason dad knew how to die
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young is you most did twice. aen he was a teenager staph infection almost took his life. he was alone in the pacific on a life raft, praying his rescuers would find him before the enemy. got answer to those prayers. it turned out he had other plans for george h.w. bush. deathk those brushes with made him chairs the gift of life and he vowed to live every day to the fullest. dad was always busy. a man in constant motion. never too busy to share his love of life with those around him. us to love the outdoors. landing the elusiver striper. in a wheelchair, he seemed
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backest sitting on the porch contemplating the majesty of the atlantic. he was an optimistic man. that optimism guided his children and made us believe anything was possible. he broadened his horizons with differing decisions. he was a patriot. put college on holden became a navy fighter pilot as world war ii broke out. like many of his generation, he never talked about his service, and tell his time as a public figure forced his hand. we learned of the attack, the mission completed, the shootdown. we learned of the death of his crewmates whom he thought about his entire life. we learned of the rescue.
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another audacious decision, he moved his family from the comforts of the east coast to texas. he and mom adjusted to their surroundings quickly. he was a tolerant man. he was kind and neighborly to the women with whom he shared a bathroom in our duplex. even after he learned their profession. ladies of the night. [laughter] dad could relate to people from all walks of life. he was empathetic syria and he valued character over pedigree. he was no cynic. he would look for the good in each person and he usually found it. dad taught us public is noble and necessary. that one can serve with integrity and hold true to the important values like faith and family.
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he strongly believed it was important to give back to the community and country in which one lived. he recognized serving others and rich to the giver' -- enriched the giver's soul. he was the brightest in a thousand points of light. when he lost, he shouldered the blame. he accepted failure is part of living a full life. he taught us never to be defined by failure. he showed us how setbacks can strengthen. none of his disappointments could compare with the loss of a young child. were too young to remember the agony when our three-year-old sister died. dad,ly learned later that a man of faith, prayed for her
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daily. he was sustained by the love of the almighty. and the real love of our mom. dad always believed one day he would hug his precious robin again. he loved to laugh. especially at himself. and needle, never out of malice. he placed great value on a good joke. that's why he chose simpson to speak. [laughter] on email, he had a circle of friends to receive the latest jokes. his grading system for the quality was classic george bush. were winners.t most of them off color. george bush knew how to be a
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true friend. he nurtured and honored his many friendships with a generous in giving soul. ofere exists thousands handwritten notes. he had a capacity to give of himself. many would tell you dad became a mentor and a father figure in their life. he listened and he consoled. he was their friend. taylor, jimon, nance, arnold schwarzenegger, and the man who defeated him, bill clinton. my siblings and i refer to these guys as brothers from other mothers. [laughter] us a day was not meant to be wasted. he played golf at a legendary pace. i wondered why he insisted on speed golf.
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he is a good golfer. here's my conclusion, he played , to so he could move on enjoy the rest of the day. to expand his energy, to live at all. settings,n with two full throttle, dead sleep. [laughter] to beght us what it means a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather. he was firm in his principles and supportive as we sought our own ways. he encouraged and comforted, never steered. .e tested his patients i know i did. [laughter] responded with a great gift of unconditional love. last friday when i was told he had minutes to live, i called him.
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the guy answered the phone. i think he can hear you. he has not said anything for most of the day. i said, dad, i love you. you've been a wonderful father. the last words he would ever say on earth were i love you, too. to us, he was close to perfect. not totally perfect. his short game was lousy. [laughter] he wasn't exactly fred astaire on the dance floor. the man could not stomach vegetables. [laughter] especially broccoli. [laughter] way, he passed these genetic defects along to us. [laughter] every day of his years of marriage, dad 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.
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in his old age, dad enjoyed watching police show reruns. the volume on high. [laughter] all the while holding mom's hand. that was strong after she died. all he wanted to do was hold her hand again. dad taught me and other special lesson. he showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity and. when the history books are written, they will say george was a great president of the united states. a diplomat of skill, a commander-in-chief of accomplishment, and a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor. inaugural address, the
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president said this, we cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, 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, his neighborhood, and 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? there we were driven to succeed. that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better. trade a word of friendship. you forwill remember exactly that and much more. we are going to miss you. your decency, sincerity, and kindness 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
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grief, let us smile no dad is having robin and holding mom's hand again. [applause] >> that was former president ush at the b national cathedral in washington, d.c. the casket containing george h.w. bush's,


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