Are any of you watching Bush 41 coverage?

ntt_hou

I'm not a patriotic person but living in Houston, I couldn't help but glued to the TV since morning watching the coverage of our late 41st US President.


Are any of you doing the same?


I've ran into former president Bush and his wife, Barbara, once. My friends and I went to see a play and the couple happened to be there as well. We didn't know until we saw security agents everywhere and later seen both of them inside the theatre.


I feel sadden for the Bush family since my mom too had passed away recently at age 89. They're all R.I.P.. It's us that are still living having a difficult time missing them. I've always lived alone but had never really feel lonely. Now that both of my parents are gone, I do feel the loneliness even when all my siblings are still around....

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gmatx zone 6

Yes, I have also watched. It is a hard and different kind of loneliness when both parents are gone even though you have siblings still living.

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Raye Smith

I have friends in the Houston area that have told me if you saw them in public, restaurant or such, they were friendly and happy to talk to anyone. Sad day...

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Rusty

I watched it for a little while earlier this afternoon. Then chastised myself for sitting there crying like a baby. At 94 years of age, it was his time to go. He and Barbara both lived long and productive lives. The United States is blessed to have had '41' devote his life to its service. So I guess my tears are both tears of gratitude for President George H. W. Bush, and tears of sadness for his family. May God grant them all love, peace, comfort, and the strength they will need through this trying time.

Rusty

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terilyn

Been watching all day, they were wonderful, down to earth and very kind. They treated the pizza place owner just like he was a dignitary. Everyone was the same in their eyes. The world has lost a great couple.

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Lars/J. Robert Scott

I watched a bit of it this morning, or at lunch, since I am at work. It seems like the end of an era, and that is particularly sad.

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Mystical Manns

I watched off and on, growing up in a military community I love the precision of the ceremonies. Every little thing has a meaning, even tho I may not know what it is. I have great respect for #41.

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murraysmom Zone 6a OH

I agree about the ceremonies. There is something so solemn and respectful about them. Even though he had a long life, he will be missed. One who truly dedicated his life to serving his country. I was watching tonight as his casket was brought to Washington, DC. It was a beautiful late afternoon/evening there. So many people have and will turn out for the chance to say goodbye.


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OklaMoni

No, I have not. I was gone all morning, and the local Salvation Army Christmas gift sorting... only I was part of the crew making sure the bikes were put together correctly. Then visit a friend in the hospital, and finally home. My TV is almost never on. Prolly would not have watched anyhow... but I do think, he deserves the honor.

Moni

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Anglophilia

I watched the arrival at the Capitol and the ceremony thereafter. I thought Bush 41 had aged 15 years overnight and clearly was having a very hard time keeping his composure. He did better after the ceremony began.

I'm an Episcopalian so I love liturgy. I think liturgy helps us get through things and makes them better. Having lived in Washington DC in the mid-60's, and worked at the National War College, I saw a lot of ceremonies and liturgy. I loved them and still do.

He was a remarkable man. A truly great man. But unlike many "great men", he was a decent, humble man as well. He was very comfortable in his own skin. His family adored him and that is something we no longer can take for granted these days - so many families are totally dysfunctional and alienated from one another. The Bush family, huge as it is, is still a very close family.

It's difficult to say goodby to such a man as GHW Bush. Yes, he led a long and good, productive life, but we are saying goodby to the last "gentleman" President - even his son did not have quite the same grace as the father. I think he always knew that and it was hard for him but never diminished his love for his father.

While living in St Louis, I had the opportunity to get to know his youngest brother, who ironically died a few weeks before Barbara Bush died last spring. He had lost his own beloved wife and friends said he just kine of shriveled up and died after losing her. Their daughter was in my son's class and is a very lovely young woman. She now lives in CT and has become a very good friend of one of my daughter's closest Vineyard friends, who also lives there. I knew his 1st cousin from the Walker side of the family, and his daughter. We all went to the same church and the daughter was in between my own son and daughter at the same school. All lovely, gracious people. All very low-key, never drawing attention to themselves.

It will be a difficult week emotionally for me.

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adellabedella_usa

I watched a good part of it today. Air Force One with the sun coming up was interesting. It was still dark here so I had to go out and look. The first rays of sun were indeed peaking through. My normal view is blocked by houses.

I never met him or Barbara. Plenty of other people have around here. I've only heard good stories about them. There has been nothing negative.

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Anglophilia

I just found this picture and it brought tears to my eyes.

This is Pres Bush's assistant dog, Sully (yes, named for the pilot). He accompanied the President's casket to DC and is to remain with it there and on its return to Houston. He will then go to another veteran who has need of a train service dog.

One of my all-time favorite pictures of the two President Bush's was last spring after Barbara Bush's funeral.


It was not one President pushing another, but simply a son pushing his father. Clearly, there were many others who could have done this task - his father's attendant, a Secret Service man, but no, just his son. To me, it just speaks volumes about both men.


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sephia_wa

I saw both George and Barbara in Kennebunkport a few years ago. I was on vacation and was having lunch. They came into the tiny restaurant escorted by several people. Greeted everyone. My waitress said they often come in, and the community loves them. They always apologize for disturbing people, with having to bring a Secret Service detail with name. Very gracious people.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Absolutely! Not sure there were any other options here in Houston but we would not miss it.

Sully had me in tears. So precious and sweet. He will really miss his master.

Wonderful gracious loving man. RIP

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desertsteph

I've watched a lot of it. He truly was a good all around great man - not just one full of himself. I love that about the Bush family. and I loved Barbara Bush, she ran a tight ship!

It is, I think, a relief to them (Barbara, and Bush Sr) but so sad for those left behind. After 70 plus years together these past few months must have been very hard on the GHW without his wife.

Sully just broke my heart lying there.

I'll watch a good deal of what's shown on TV this week. He certainly deserves all the tributes being given to him.

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wanda_va

He was a great man and a wonderful President. How sad for the nation that he was no reelected to finish what he started. I have been watching, and my heart aches for his beloved family. He deserves all the pomp and circumstance. I am constantly amazed at how remarkable the military men and women are at these events. I know they are the "cream of the crop", but their demeanor makes this country proud. God Bless America, and keep her great.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Love the dancing in Heaven picture! I bet there was quite the reunion!

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Janie

This salute made me cry.


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ntt_hou

Some streaming channels have the visitation at the Capitol on live. I've been watching it on ABC News channel through Roku streaming device all day. Well actually, the TV is on while I'm doing other things at the same time.

These type of technologies (internet, streaming & devices, etc.) have been available only in recent years which make this President Funeral/Memorial a special (as in technology) one to watch.

There are 5 military service men & women, one from each military branch, that stand at each corner in the coffin vicinity. Every 30 minutes, the team is replaced with another one. The same teams rotate every 30-minute shift and it has been many repetition already. Yet, every time they do the replacement, it's still interesting to watch.

I'm trying to ID the uniforms from each military branch. They are so similar. The Navy is the easiest one to spot. I also spotted the Air Force uniform. Still working on the other 3.

Oh yeah, and another thing about today's technology. Houston held a concert to honor and celebrate President Bush's life. I have not been in concerts for years so, this was really intriguing to me. It was to see the audience using their cell phones' flashlight function to light up in the air at the concert. Cool stuff ^_^



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phoggie

Janie....me too! A true PATRIOT! These men were the greatest generation! Dole was from Kansas and served his country well....but oh my, he looked so frail.

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raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

I am watching the funeral... I have really appreciated the eulogies so far. I am moved to pray that their words will sink into the hearts of the attendees.

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marilyn_c

I haven't watched very much of it but I wanted to watch George W's eulogy and I got in the house just in time to see it. Very moving. I have much respect for the Bush family.

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socks

I'm watching and listening off and on. What a life he had, so full, so important. He was a grand human, a grand American.

I listened in particular to George Bush's remarks. He sure looks good at 72.

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Rose Pekelnicky

I have been sewing. I have a small tv in my sewing room and have been watching it there.

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aok27502

I've caught part on TV and part on the radio. I turned on the TV just as the pallbearers were taking the casket out of the hearse. As soon as Hail to the Chief started, I got teary. Now they're almost done, and I'm sure I'll start again.

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diane_nj 6b/7a

The service was very well done, excellent pacing, great personal stories and musical selections from those who were close to him. Note that the presiding clergy was Rev. Bishop Michael Curry, who officiated at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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nickel_kg

I listened to most of it on the radio. Nicely done.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Air force one just flew over our house! Landed at Ellington field.

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terilyn

Watched fly over!

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

So cool I was not expecting that to happen! Glad you saw it too terilyn.

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ntt_hou

Oh, I missed the fly over; I didn't think of going outside to catch a glimpse of it … sigh...

"Google" is greyed out for "National Day of Mourning" :(

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Anglophilia

I couldn't help but wonder if any of the former Presidents were thinking that this was a "dress rehearsal" for their own funerals someday, especially Jimmy Carter at age 94. Kind of eerie to sit and know that ones own will be very much like this unless they follow Truman's example and have a small, private funeral back home.

I thought the eulogies were wonderful and showed that those giving them truly knew President Bush. Sometimes, that does not come through. I had heard of Sen Alan Simpson but knew nothing about him. What a wonderful sense of humor - just a delight. I was glad that Pres Bush's rector from Houston talked about his belief in Christianity. He and his wife truly were believers and lifelong Episcopalians.

All in all, it was a very moving service.

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desertsteph

I thought of that seeing Carter sitting there today. and Dole yesterday. I'd been wondering about Dole - it was good to see him in public again. Sad to see him also in a wheelchair (but I knew that already). amazing that he insisted on standing up to salute former Pres Bush.

I missed hearing GW's eulogy today. I did hear the end of it on a news clip of it. I'm going to look to see if it's included in a 'news' line up on Hulu live - there are 2 that say they're replays of George H W's funeral. might not get to look at it until tomorrow tho. well, here I should say 'later today'. it's after midnight.

I have a doc appt on Thurs so will miss seeing some of it live.


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lily316

I wrote earlier today that it was a lovely and classy send off to a great patriot. Someone deleted it. I have no idea why.

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aok27502

The eulogies are on youtube. I heard part of George W's on the radio, and wanted to see it all.

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graywings123

It was a wonderful service all the way around.


There is a phrasing the newscasters are using that is bugging me, though. It is "President Bush will lie in repose." And, "President Bush will be flown on . . . ." No, now that he had died, his body is lying in repose and his body will be flown.

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FlamingO in AR

I watched a lot. I keep thinking how exhausting it must be for the family, to be dealing with their grief so publicly. I’m glad it was all done without bitterness. Well. Except for some of the media who wanted to cause strife by nit-picking things like clothing choices and other inane things.

It was all so gentle, like the man himself.

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diane_nj 6b/7a

Today's service seems much more personal. The Oak Ridge Boys and Reba McIntire will sing. Very patriotic.

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adellabedella_usa

I'm watching the local Houston station. It's been an interesting watch. Lots of people and faces we haven't seen for a while. They showed Chuck Norris, Tommy Lasorda, and Arnold Schwarzenegger among others. Obviously, he knew a lot of people, but this appears to be more of a friend group than an obligation.

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rob333 (zone 6b/7a)

I have only seen the highlights and cried my eyes out almost all 10 minutes of it. Was fine and then I saw jasdip's picture. Yep. That's what i picture. I am not all that interested in the English royals, but totally admire that Queen Elizabeth II finds her role in life to be a servant to her public from beginning to the end. I didn't think an American could do such a thing. I see now, he has. Seeing Prince Charles at the funeral made me realize it. Thank you President Bush for your lifetime of service.

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diane_nj 6b/7a

adellabedella_usa I thought so too. The CNN folks said that the family invited friends "east of the Mississippi" to the DC service and those to the west to the Houston service.

There will be another ceremony at the library at Texas A&M U when the casket arrives this afternoon.

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marylmi

I'm watching the library proceedings right now.

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terilyn

We went to see the train go by today. It was extremely moving.

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ntt_hou

Lily316, I'm sorry that your post may be deleted. You may want to ask the forum moderator about it.

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desertsteph

"The eulogies are on youtube"

aok - thx for posting that. I hadn't thought of youtube. I finally found GW's on a Hulu replay. but also missed the one by Baker and George P. So I want to listen to those too.

I'm glad that now the public part is over for the family. It's been a very tough few days for all of them to go thru in front of the cameras.


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