We expected a moving eulogy from George W. Bush at his father’s funeral today. But Bush 43 exceeded even our highest expectations:
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 5, 2018
Former President George W. Bush on his father, George H.W. Bush: "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" https://t.co/B25NLeMBxf #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/IrLnUX9ow0
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 5, 2018
“He was sustained by the love of the Almighty and the real and enduring love of her [Robin's] mom. Dad always believed that one day he would hug his precious Robin again.” –Former Pres. George W. Bush pic.twitter.com/xXr4MghVSJ
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 5, 2018
Former President Bush on his father, former President George H.W. Bush: “As he aged 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.” pic.twitter.com/hfor5IPugL
— CNN (@CNN) December 5, 2018
Are you weeping yet?
Watching George W. try to hold back tears giving his dads eulogy is heartbreaking. Disregard all the pomp and pageantry, and he's just a son who lost both parents in the same year. #GeorgeHWBushFuneral pic.twitter.com/8yRszILgk0
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) December 5, 2018
43 appears to be holding himself together — just barely — during passages of this eulogy. It’s beautiful.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) December 5, 2018
But no tribute to George H.W. Bush would be complete without a chuckle or two:
"In his 90s, he took great delight when his closest pal, James A. Baker, smuggled a bottle of Grey Goose vodka into his hospital room. Apparently,it paired well with the steak he had delivered from Morton's." https://t.co/U9j5PUDA1S pic.twitter.com/VkXZ3xrtQD
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 5, 2018
George W. Bush cracks a joke in honor of his father, prompting laughter from those gathered at the National Cathedral: "He loved to laugh, especially at himself … he placed great value on a good joke. That's why he chose Simpson to speak" https://t.co/F46xt4qQIz #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/vYqHk0xgHW
— Deena Zeina Zaru ??? (@Deena_Zaru) December 5, 2018
"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. He wasn't exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor. The man couldn't stomach vegetables, especially broccoli."#Bush41 pic.twitter.com/0S4IMS8hFq
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 5, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2018
This is clearly a man who idolized his father. A man who understands that this country is better for his father having been in it.
And we are truly blessed to have witnessed this beautiful, emotional tribute.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 5, 2018
"Last Friday, when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him," George W. Bush says of his father. "I said, 'Dad, I love you, and you've been a wonderful father.'
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 5, 2018
Dubya breaks down while reading this line:
"The best father a son or daughter could ever have."
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) December 5, 2018
WATCH: George W. Bush chokes up as he ends his eulogy for his father.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 5, 2018
Wonderful, emotional close to George W. Bush's eulogy of his father. pic.twitter.com/Y3BlQEyhua
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) December 5, 2018
Former Pres Bush chokes with emotion as he says his father was the best Dad a son or daughter could have. Then double pats the casket on his way back to his seat. pic.twitter.com/l94gexccUQ
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 5, 2018
It’s awfully dusty in here.
I suspect W made his father proud w/ that eulogy. => https://t.co/pTuQE71Mcb
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) December 5, 2018
We get that feeling, too.