Bush grandson remembers his 'Gampy'


Good morning. Today I stand before you is the oldest

grandson of the man I simply knew his campaign. George

Herbert Walker Bush was most gracious. Most decent. Plus humble

man that however now. We are here to give thanks

for his extraordinary life but I'd like to talk about

some of the things that he was thankful for. The

things that to him mattered most. My grandfather was thankful

for his family. When he began running for president in

1988. My grandfather released a campaign book outlining his. Views

for the future. The book opened with a letter to

grandson. It was addressed to me and recounted some of

our recent experiences together and main. T a letter read

I'd been thing and about it a lot. The most

fun was the big rock about climbing out on watching

you and while playing on. Near the in the summer

when the moon was full the tides were high up

there is that special day when it almost seemed like

the boat was real. In those few words my grandfather

said more about his life and I could ever tell

you this morning. Here's a man gearing up for the

role of a lifetime. And yet his mind when backed

his family. It's a book about policy issues and yet

he still found time to write about imaginary boat that

he built with his grandson. In a typical day he'd

wake up around 5 AM to review security briefings and

grabbed his first coffee of the day when the coast

was clear all the grandkids. We'll try our best to

snag a spot on the bed and nestled between him

and Guinea while they read the paper. We all grew

up in all my grandfather a larger than life figure

who we catch fly fishing off the rocks and main

talking up where the blue fish were running. QB the

first to host intense horse shoe matchups among family Secret

Service. Or any willing had a state. While encouraging trash

talk like power outage it's here or she was short

or. Woodrow Wilson if your longing your shoe hit the

wooden backstop. It's typical spread included barbecue tacos tamales pork

rinds with hot sauce. With healthy complement of blue bell

ice cream and Klondike bars. Always the competitor each night

can't be challenged all the great kids to the coveted.

First asleep award. In class again be fashioned he'd write

letters of encouragement to us all whether one of us

had a heart semester at school. Whether one of us

and for the record not me drove his fidelity onto

the rocks. Or one of us definitely not me and

it up again he's cross hairs. And he too much.

At the close of one summer after he left public

service can't he wrote an email to us all. Saying

the only thing wrong with the last five months is

that none of you were here enough. Next year promises

sold against her they you'll spend more time with us

here by the C. As you know I've had to

give up fly fishing off the rocks and main. Port

but there are plenty of wonderful things to do. I

think of you all an awful lot I just wonder

how each of you is doing in school and in

life. If you need me I'm here for you because

a love you very much. In the songs got makes

his promise with long locks I will satisfy him and

show him my salvation. Today we know them I can't

be did enjoy a long and extraordinary life and we

know he's enjoying the beginning of his next life rejoining

those whom he lost but now. By grace. Has found

again. My grandfather was thankful for his country. He was

grateful to lead a country where people can go as

far as fast as their dreams can take them. A

place where individuals working alone or in groups can help

the condition of their fellow man on a voluntary basis.

A bright hope for America he evokes so brilliantly when

he spoke of a thousand points of light. He often

spoke about the timeless creed that duty honor country the

values that a sustained the republic for its over 240

years. But this wasn't something he just talked about. This

is something he lived. Having flown 58 combat missions in

the Pacific and having been shot down and rescued at

sea. He never saw zone heroism as being any greater

than anyone else that has worn the uniform. I know

this because of experience of personally. Hughes problem walker joined

the Marine Corps when I joined the navy and even

prouder when we served overseas or service never compared to

his. Yet we could never commit some of that. In

our times together our big wonderful and competitive Stanley saw

the personal goodness. That led to his recognized historical preakness.

He left a simple yet profound legacy to his children

whose grandchildren. Into this country. Service. Undoubtedly when the last

words are written in on him they will certainly include

this. That the fulfillment of a complete life cannot be

achieved without service to others. You should know the my

grandfather was thankful for his god he once told us

is that grandkids got as good but as low as

the cost. We must be good to one another. It

was his faith his love for others that fulfill tent

that drove him that led him to a life of

public service. Here Houston at a prayer breakfast. He wants

reflected on his time on the deck of the submarine

ten back which rescued him after he was shot down

during World War II. To get some fresh air who

went on the deck. Still the watch all looked out

the door. He said the sky was clear to start

for brilliant like a blizzard of fireflies in the night.

There was a calm inner peace. Halfway around the world

in a war zone a calm inner peace. God's if

there. Today after 94 years to heavy hands of time

is claimed the life of my camps. But. In death

as in life my grandfather has won. For he has

exchanged his earthly burdens. For heavenly home and is at

peace. Yes that George Herbert Walker Bush is the most

gracious most decent most humble man that I will ever

know. And it's the honor of a lifetime to share

his name. God bless you can't beat until we meet

again. May be out on that rock but we've built


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