George H. W. Bush: A legend lost forever

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The 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush was memorialized on Wednesday at the National Cathedral. Several world dignitaries, US leaders and ex-president’s family and friends came to bid farewell to Bush.

“To his very last days, dad’s life was instructive,” George W Bush said in his eulogy to his father. “He taught us how to grow with dignity, humor and kindness. And when the good Lord finally called – how to meet him with courage and with the joy of the promise of what lies ahead,” he added. “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.”

Bush was considered to be the best person suited for the Oval Office, as he possessed better skills and titles than anyone else. During his life, he has played multiple roles – UN ambassador, envoy to China, CIA director, congressman, World War II combat-tested Navy bomber pilot, Vice President and President. It is difficult to say which role did he play best, because everything he did, was with pure dedication and out of love for his country.His bureaucratic,military, legislative, and executive experience gave him an array of perspectives through which he did justice to his role as Commander in Chief.

On a personal front, people who knew him or even had the slightest of a chance to meet him would know that George H. W. Bush was a kind, caring, and self-effacing person who personified a gentility that many people identified with the Republican Party itself. Many a times, he had to endure political difference and character assassinations. However, he came victorious in each situation by responding with much self-control.

The tributes at the funeral were fulsome and the music was stirring. It was the first time that President Trump was under the same room as the Obamas, the Clintons and the Bushes, since his Inaugural Address, on January 20 last year. At the time, Bush had reportedly told Hillary Clinton, “That was some weird shit.”

During the funeral, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney praised Bush for initiating NAFTA. It is the same deal that was called as “the worst trade deal ever” by Trump. Historian Jon Meacham said in his eulogy that George H. W. Bush was “the last great-soldier statesman.”

“America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude,” former President Barack Obama said after Bush’s death on Friday.

The longest lived president in the American history and a patriot soldier has left for his heavenly abode.

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