I’m not featuring too much on this, because a) most people have seen the funeral coverage in the media and b) Bush I was the only American over 60 who said he could not remember where he was when John F Kennedy was assassinated. I certainly remember where I was, and I was only a small child at the time.
That piece of Bush history came to light only a few years ago, thanks to the online world. Others might have already known it through lesser-known political writings.
Until that point, I admired Bush I a lot. I was delighted with the ‘Thousand Points of Light’ speech, which Peggy Noonan (Obama supporter, anti-Trumper) wrote. Bush delivered the speech when accepting the Republican nomination for president in 1988.
On the whole, I think he did a good job as president and was certainly worlds better than his opponent, Michael Dukakis from Massachusetts, would have been.
My two objections to Bush I’s presidency were ‘no new taxes’ which, strangely, ended up as new taxes, thereby enabling Clinton’s victory four years later. The other was the end of the first Gulf War, which seemed a bit incomplete. It was not surprising, therefore, that a second Gulf War ensued.
Historian Doug Wead appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight to discuss Bush’s presidency:
My condolences go to the Bush family, which is large and close-knit. They lost their two most important family members this year. Barbara Bush died in April. I believe that the former president, despite his chronic ailments, died of a broken heart.
Before moving on to Bush’s funeral, one must look at John McCain’s service, which was held three months to the day earlier: September 5.
Something happened at his funeral that recurred at Bush’s.
At McCain’s funeral, George W Bush passed a piece of candy to Michelle Obama:
Caption: ‘Thank you!’
Now on to the former president’s funeral. President Trump was informed of his death whilst at the G20 in Buenos Aires, on the evening of Friday, November 30. He and Melania issued a joint statement. He also spoke with Bush II and Jeb the following morning.
President Trump took this event very seriously, as he said at the G20 summit, when he cancelled his press conference:
A media moratorium on any in-depth interviews ensued. On Monday, Dennis ‘Nate’ Cain, who underwent a six-hour raid on his home, even though he is a protected government whistleblower, tweeted:
Meanwhile, the Bush family assured President Trump that no one speaking at the service would criticise him. They did that because the notional eulogies at McCain’s funeral were a Trump hate-fest.
The morning of the funeral, President Trump recognised the service as a time to celebrate life as well as to mourn:
The Secret Service paid a final tribute to the 41st president of the United States:
His Secret Service code name was Timberwolf:
At the funeral service, once again Melania Trump was seated next to Obama, just as she was at Mrs Bush’s funeral. On that subject, a group photo of presidential couples appeared after Mrs Bush’s funeral. Mrs Trump was cropped out in many articles using it. Here is the full photo, with Mrs Trump standing next to Michelle Obama.
On Wednesday, Bush II was not seated with the Obamas, as he was giving his father’s eulogy. However, he remembered Mrs Obama with candy on his way in:
It looks undignified to me, too, but I know nothing of Washington DC funerals for dignitaries.
A few unusual things happened.
One was the representation from Saudi Arabia:
Another is that Hillary Clinton had a moment:
Yet another was this silent exchange between former first lady Laura Bush and her brother-in-law Jeb:
And, finally, for whatever reason, the Trumps refused to recite the Apostles Creed.
That aside, President Trump, in the media’s eyes, could do nothing right.
The media are wrong. He shut down Washington DC — and post offices across the nation — on December 5.
Here’s another thing the media falsely criticised him for:
In closing, may President Bush rest in peace.