As former President George H.W. Bush is laid to rest this week, a lot of people are weighing in with their remembrances of him.
Vice President Mike Pence delivered a touching speech on behalf of the nation at the U.S. Capitol while Bush lay in state there on Tuesday.
From Free Beacon:
“While he was known as the ‘quiet man,’ it was not for lack of nerve or daring,” Pence said of the 41st commander in chief. “For in all of his 94 years, President Bush never lost his love of adventure and he never failed to answer the call to serve his country.”
Pence shared a touching story about a letter which Bush sent to his son.
From Daily Caller:
“After a lifetime of writing letters, my son got one, just not too long ago. As I told two of his sons this weekend, when our son made his first tailhook landing as a Marine aviator on the USS George Herbert Walker Bush, I took the liberty of writing the ship’s namesake to ask for a small favor. I didn’t write him as a vice president to a former president. I just wrote as a proud dad of a Marine aviator to a former Navy pilot,” Pence stated. [….]
“I asked him to sign a picture of the flight deck that I could give to my son. Now we were told by the staff that the president had long since ended the practice of signing autographs and we understood that,” the vice president continued. “But little to my surprise, just in time for my son’s winging, there came not only a signed photograph but, of course, a letter. Hand-signed as well. August 2018. In that letter, President Bush wrote to my son in his words, ‘Congratulations on receiving your wings of gold. I know how proud you and your family are at this moment.’”
And then Bush added a special message.
Pence added, “And then in words that assured us that the letter came directly from him, he wrote, ‘Though we have not met, I share the pride your father has for you during this momentous occasion, and I wish you many C.A.V.U. days ahead. All the best, G. Bush.’ I would come to learn that that acronym, ‘CAVU,’ for short is a term Navy pilots have used since World War II. It stands for ceiling and visibility unlimited.”
“On the death of Abner, it is written that King David said, ‘Do you not realize that…a great man has fallen in Israel this day?’ George Herbert Walker Bush was such a man,” Pence said.