'He Loved to Laugh, Especially at Himself': George W. Bush Eulogizes His Father
Former President George W. Bush on Wednesday eulogized his father, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who passed away Friday at age 94.
Speaking at a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Bush remembered his father as a man of dignity, humor and kindness.
"He loved to laugh, especially at himself. He could tease and needle, but never out of malice. He placed great value on a good joke," Bush said.
He revealed that his father was on an email chain with friends, where they used to share jokes.
He alluded to Bush 41's famous "thousand points of light" phrase, saying that to his family and friends, his father's was the brightest.
He said that when he learned on Friday his father had minutes to live, he called him. The man who answered the phone said he thought Bush 41 would be able to hear his son, but that he hadn't spoken for most of the day.
"I said, 'Dad, I love you and you've been a wonderful father,'" Bush said. "And the last words he would ever say on Earth were, 'I love you too.'"
"We're gonna miss you. Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have," Bush said, choking up.
"And in our grief, let us smile, knowing dad is hugging Robin and holding mom's hand again."
Bush will be laid to rest Thursday in Texas alongside his late wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, and their daughter Robin, who passed away from leukemia at age three in 1953.
Watch the former president's touching eulogy above.