The event was a special occasion and not just because all the living US presidents were sitting together for the first time in years.
All were there to pay their respects to great American and a better man – former president George H.W. Bush.
The Trump’s went above and beyond to help the Bush family through a hard time and their generosity was rewarded by the grateful Bush clan.
George got the honor to give the eulogy – which usually goes to the president but since he was the son, Trump understood why W should send his father home.
From Yahoo: “My siblings and I refer to the guys in this group as ‘brothers from other mothers,’” said Bush, eliciting laughs from the audience, including Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Bush also thanked his dad for showing him how to be president, as the pair are only the second father-son presidential duo in American history.
“Of course, dad taught me another special lesson,” said Bush. “He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.”
Wednesday’s state funeral was attended by all the living former presidents, their wives and President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. In addition to George W. Bush, former Senator Alan Simpson and historian Jon Meacham also spoke at the National Cathedral service.
From Today: Bush, the 43rd president, had a rare moment of public emotion at the end of his 12-minute speech while reflecting on his father’s tight bond with his children, his love for his wife of 73 years, Barbara, and his enduring sadness over the loss of his daughter, Robin, in 1954.
“He was no cynic,” Bush said. “He looked for the good in every person, and he usually found it.”
The elder Bush also “loved to laugh, especially at himself.” He also had some well-known quirks, including his hatred of a certain vegetable.
Bush’s eulogy came in front of an audience that included the four other living presidents and first ladies as well as a host of world leaders. The elder Bush died Friday at 94.
“His short game (in golf) was lousy. He wasn’t exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor,” Bush said. “The man couldn’t stomach vegetables, especially broccoli. And by the way he passed these genetic defects along to us.”
“Let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you,” Bush said, breaking down in tears. “A great and noble man. The best father a son or daughter could have. And in our grief, let us know dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again.”
“The best father a son or daughter can have,” Bush said, his voice breaking. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 5, 2018
George W. Bush tearfully concludes his eulogy to his father: "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…Dad is hugging Robin, and holding mom's hand again." https://t.co/B3hZufXKHW pic.twitter.com/fxqwjIcSvi
— ABC News (@ABC) December 5, 2018