The family of former President George H.W. Bush went out of their way to provide a warm welcome to President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump at their family patriarch’s memorial and funeral. President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush greeted the Trumps at Blair House Tuesday and as they entered the National Cathedral on Wednesday for his father’s funeral services.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney—whose time in office overlapped both the Reagan and Bush presidencies and who also spoke at President Ronald Reagan’s funeral—gave one of the eulogies coming under fire. Mulroney and Bush were close friends and the former Canadian leader often traveled to the Bush family summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine to spend time with his friend.
In his eulogy, Mulroney stated:
“When George Bush was President of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one was that was established, resolute and brave.”
Mulroney also said:
“…he gave the people of Canada & the US the gift of trees, rivers, clean air…”
Watch his remarks here.
Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney: “When George Bush was President of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one was that was established, resolute and brave.” https://t.co/kXhX8jinc8 pic.twitter.com/iyrFvo9sqZ
— CNN (@CNN) December 5, 2018
Mulroney also brought up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that President Trump recently vowed to abolish. But rather than a dig at Trump, conservatives crying foul might recall that Mulroney and Bush worked on the agreement together and both claimed it as a legacy of their administrations.
Mulroney also acknowledged Bush’s work on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act. Both of those initiatives also are under attack by the Trump administration.
Body language says it all. Trump sitting like a petulant toddler who had his toy taken away. The other Presidents being receptive as former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney gives his eulogy for former President #GeorgeHWBushFuneral pic.twitter.com/ueZO7BcwSV
— Debbi Granruth (@RocksNoSalt) December 5, 2018
Presidential historian Jon Meacham also spoke. About former President Bush, he stated:
“His life code, as he said, was, ‘Tell the truth. Don’t blame people. Be strong. Do your best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the course’.”
So were Mulroney and Meacham taking a dig at President Trump as the President’s supporters and media analysts claim?
Late night host Stephen Colbert presented his own interpretation of what happened at a funeral that the Bush family “assure[d Trump]… the focus would be on Bush’s life rather than their disagreements” according to a White House source.
Joked The Late Show host:
“They even assured him that the choir would drown out the sound of other ex-presidents rolling in their graves.”
Colbert went on to state:
“As soon as you start praising someone’s honesty, you’re automatically throwing shade at Donald Trump. I mean, Obama made Trump seem like a bad president just by sitting next to him.”
Watch Colbert’s remarks here.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 6, 2018
Plenty of people agreed with Colbert’s assessment.