In Houston: last farewell to former President George H. W. Bush

In Houston : last farewell to former President George H. W. Bush


The Americans paid last Thursday a tribute to their former President George H. W. Bush during a religious ceremony at a church in Houston, Texas, where he resided.

The remains of the 41st President of the United States, who died Friday night at the age of 94, arrived by plane on Wednesday night in Texas after the official funeral in Washington, attended by President Donald Trump and the four former US presidents. living.

“The memorial was a fitting tribute to the extraordinary life of President Bush and the noble legacy he leaves to the public administration,” Donald Trump told a reception at the White House for Hanukkah’s Jewish holiday. Thursday night.

“He was a great man and we will always remember that great statesman and beloved patriot, he was very special,” he added.

The Texas ceremony was held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, who died last April at the age of 92, spent more than 50 years. The Bush couple was married for seventy-three years and had six children.

Their son and former president George W. Bush was sitting in the front row near the coffin covered with the American flag.

One of their 17 grandchildren, George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, recalled memories of fly fishing and ice tasting with his “Gampy”.

Raised in an episcopalian (Anglican) family of Massachusetts, George HW Bush merged the BCBG style of his childhood in New England with the more spontaneous one of Texas, his adopted state, where he had moved at a very young age to work in the oil industry.

James Baker, George H. W. Bush’s friend and secretary of state, praised him.

“He was not considered a talented speaker, but his actions were eloquent (…),” he said, summarizing the achievements of the Republican President in foreign policy.


Republican George HW Bush’s only tenure from January 1989 to January 1993 was punctuated by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam’s troops. Hussein in August 1990, to which Washington responded by launching Operation “Desert Storm” in early 1991.

The audience began to laugh when the former head of diplomacy recalled how the president let him know that a discussion was over: “Baker, if you’re so smart, why am I president and not you? ”

Very moved, James Baker said he was present when George H. W. Bush died.

A thousand people sang the patriotic anthem “the Beautiful America”. The parish choir sang “The Battle of the Republic” and country music star Reba McEntire “The Lord’s Prayer”.

The remains of the former president were then transported about 130 kilometers from Houston to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the presidential library he built in the 1990s. He was to be buried next to Barbara Bush. and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of three in 1953.

George H. W. Bush, who had narrowly escaped death during the Second World War – his plane was shot down by Japanese forces over the Pacific Ocean – will be buried with military honors. Twenty-one US Navy aircraft will fly over the scene.

In the 2016 presidential election, George H. W. Bush did not support Donald Trump’s candidacy. The current tenant of the White House had attacked his two sons, George W., the former president, and Jeb, former governor of Florida and unhappy candidate for the Republican nomination. According to a source quoted by CNN, George H. W. Bush voted for Hillary Clinton.

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