President Bush breaks down crying at end of speech while honoring his father
Today, former President George H.W. Bush's memory was honored in the nation's National Cathedral in Washington D.C. while four other current and former presidents looked on.
There were several good invited speakers at the ceremony, including former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who served during H.W.'s time in office. All gave great speeches.
When it was President George W. Bush's turn to speak about his father in front of everyone, he remained initially poised and looked for every occasion to tell a good story or joke.
But, near the end of his speech, he suddenly took everyone aback. He could no longer remain kept and composed for the cameras and as he uttered the last words of his speech, recounting that his dad was "the best father a son or daughter could have," he broke down in tears.
"The best father a son or daughter could have." President George W. Bush started crying at the end of the eulogy he gave at his father's state funeral. https://t.co/JS2Jt5WLCe pic.twitter.com/C58aG6h4Um— ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) December 5, 2018
The moment is touching Democrats and Republicans alike - party affiliation doesn't matter here. Not right now. Nor does your personal attitude for the man or what you think of his past administration. Check politics at the door.
Can you imagine 10 years ago hating George W. Bush and now crying with him. At the end of he day we are all just people who love our family. And no politics will ever change that common thread. #NationalDayOfMourning #GeorgeHWBushFuneral— Michael St. Michael (@MichaelStMicha1) December 5, 2018
George W Bush just gave the greatest speech of his lifetime. I’m crying 😢 #GeorgeHWBushFuneral— lucky lady (@luckyladymom) December 5, 2018
George W. Bush crying has me legitimately in tears. Damn— Travis Javins (@BagJavins) December 5, 2018
When George W Bush lost it at the end of his speech..I'm not crying,you are! 😭 ...But seriously,all of the speeches were really great. I loved that Trump had to listen to all of those attributes and wonderful stories. #GeorgeHWBushFuneral— DeeLiza Richard (@DeninerDixon09) December 5, 2018
Right now, this is just a moment of a man crying, grieving his father. And, the fact that it's done by a past president for his father, also a U.S. president, makes it a strong moment in U.S. history.
Let's all watch and remember this day.
If it's the only good thing we can do to reach across the aisle by showing our thanks to our fellow countryman, so be it.