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George H.W. Bush’s Funeral Features Ex-President Guests, Emotional Eulogy By Son

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Former U.S. President, number 41 George H.W. Bush, was laid to rest today in a funeral full of pageantry, fond memories, poignant moments and an audience full of America’s political elites, including President Donald Trump and his FLOTUS wife Melania, former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter and their spouses and ex-Vice Presidents.

But it was George H.W.’s ex-President son George W., 72, who had famously followed his father in the nation’s highest office, taking center stage with an emotional eulogy. The usually stiff upper lip 43 broke down sobbing at the end of his tribute to 41 in front of a packed crowd.

He was “the best father a son or daughter could have,” George W. cried, clutching the podium and leaning over to regain his composure.

Referring to his late sister, who died as a child of leukemia, and his later mother, former FLOTUS Barbara, who passed away in April, George W. concluded tearfully, “And in our grief, I just smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again.”

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While walking to his seat, George W. affectionately tapped his dad’s casket as a farewell gesture.

Also during the funeral at the packed National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 5, George. W.’s daughter, Today show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, gave a Biblical reading and lovingly touched her grandpa’s casket.

In an incredible scene, five U.S. Presidents were all gathered together to honor G.H.W., who died at age 94 on November 30.

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