World leaders, former presidents, and U.S. politicians gathered at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for the State Funeral of George H.W. Bush, who passed away late Friday night at the age of 94. Former President George W. Bush delivered a eulogy full of laughter and tears for his father, but it was his simple gesture right after the speech which is breaking the hearts of viewers from around the world.
Former President George W. Bush delivered a touching eulogy at his father’s funeral service in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “To his very last days, dad’s life was instructive. As he aged he taught us how to grow with dignity, humor, and kindness. When the good Lord finally called, how to meet him with courage and with the joy of the promise of what lies ahead,” said Bush.
“Dad could relate to people from all walks of life. He was an empathetic man. He valued character over pedigree, and he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it,” he added.
“Dad 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 that it was important to give back to the community and country in which one lived. He recognized that serving others enriched the giver’s soul. To us, his was the brightest of a thousand points of light,” Bush said.
“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,” continued the 43rd president.
“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, and a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor,” he said of his father.
“In his inaugural address as the 41st President of the United States he 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? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship?'” Bush quoted.
“Well, Dad, we’re going to remember you for exactly that and much more, and we’re going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever. So 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,” he concluded tearfully.
According to The Daily Caller, on his way back to his pew, George W. Bush walked past his father’s casket and gently placed his hand on top. He then shared a quick kiss with his wife, Laura Bush, and smiled as he wiped away tears. Thanks to this touching moment and the heartfelt speech before it, there was hardly a dry eye in the room.