Former President George W. Bush made remarks at Thursday's dedication of a presidential library, thanking the other living presidents in attendance as well as wife, Laura, and daughters Jenna and Barbara for their support.

"[Laura's] been a source of strength and support and inspiration ever since we met in the O'Neals' backyard in Midland, Texas. One of the joys of the Presidency was watching Laura serve as First Lady. The American people rightly love her and so do I," he said. "Laura's going to be even better at her next role: grandmother. It was a joy, I can't tell you what a joy it was to hold little Mila. And I am really happy that Mila's mother and father, Jenna and Henry, could make it here today."


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Continuing the comments on Jenna, Bush seized the opportunity to make a light-hearted jab at his relations with the press during his presidncy. "So if you don't have to do in the morning, tune in to the Today Show, Jenna is a correspondent ... Thereby continuing the warm relations the Bush family has with the national press."

In a poignant and eloquent moment, the former commander in chief also reflected on what he called his "deepest conviction."

"In democracy, the purpose of public office is not to fulfill personal ambition. Elected officials must serve a cause greater themselves. The political winds blow left and right, polls rise and fall, supporters come and go. But in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold. And my deepest conviction, the guiding principle of the administration, is that the United States of America must strive to expand the reach of freedom," he said.

Near the end of his address (WATCH PART 3, BELOW), Bush became emotional, choking up as he said his highest honor was serving such "a noble" country as the United States.

"Franklin Roosevelt once described the dedication of a library as an act of faith. I dedicate this library with an unshakeable faith in the future of our country," said Bush. "It's the honor of a lifetime to lead a country as brave and as noble as the United States. Whatever challenges come before us, I will always believe our nation's best day lies ahead."


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