Mul­roney fights tears in lov­ing tribute to former pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush

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An emo­tional Brian Mul­roney says he’s con­vinced Ge­orge H. W. Bush will go down as the most coura­geous, prin­ci­pled and hon­ourable oc­cu­pant of the Oval Of­fice the United States has ever known.

The former prime min­is­ter, a close per­sonal friend and con­fi­dant, fought back tears at one point dur­ing his eu­logy at Wash­ing­ton’s Na­tional Cathe­dral as he re­called per­sonal mem­o­ries of his time with the 41st pres­i­dent.

Mul­roney de­scribed Bush as a true gen­tle­man and a paragon of gen­uine lead­er­ship who ran the coun­try the same way he lived his life: with dis­tinc­tion, re­solve and brav­ery.

And he strug­gled with his emo­tions as he re­counted Bush, a former fighter pi­lot, show­ing him a plaque mounted at the fam­ily com­pound in Ken­neb­unkport, Maine, in­scribed with the let­ters CAVU: “ceil­ing and vis­i­bil­ity un­lim­ited,” a de­scrip­tion of per­fect fly­ing con­di­tions. Mul­roney said that was how Bush felt about his life after the pres­i­dency.

Lib­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter Scott Bri­son and Am­bas­sador David MacNaughton are also among an es­ti­mated 3,000 friends, dig­ni­taries, pres­i­dents past and present and other po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights gath­ered at the cathe­dral for a fi­nal farewell. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and first lady Me­la­nia Trump sat di­rectly in front of Mul­roney as he spoke, along­side three of their liv­ing White House pre­de­ces­sors, Barack Obama, Bill Clin­ton and Jimmy Carter. Bush’s son and even­tual suc­ces­sor, Ge­orge W. Bush, sat across the aisle with fam­ily.

Trump de­clared Wed­nes­day a na­tional day of mourn­ing in the U.S., part of a week-long se­ries of com­mem­o­ra­tions that be­gan Mon­day with a solemn pub­lic vis­i­ta­tion in the Capi­tol ro­tunda.

Prior to the start of the cer­e­mony, the pres­i­dent used his pre­ferred plat­form - Twit­ter - to send a mes­sage of re­mem­brance, urg­ing Amer­i­cans to treat the oc­ca­sion not as a fu­neral, but as a cel­e­bra­tion of the former pres­i­dent’s life.


Former Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney speaks dur­ing the state fu­neral for former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush at the Na­tional Cathe­dral, Wed­nes­day, in Wash­ing­ton.

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