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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2018, 08:55:27 PM »

I remember President Bush for two things:
Together with the German Chancellor Kohl and Russia's Gorbachov he ended the Cold War. He had been vice Pres under Reagan, when the peace talks started, but he was the man in the White House when the Berlin Wall fell.

Desert Storm and Desert Shield: I have to admit, that I had been much too green about foreign politics, but when my husband /then bf got his marching orders my world fell apart. Seriously the Cold War was over, where did that new threat come from???

So yes those two things are his legacy. But I still remember him to be a decent and integre man. Something I do sadly not think of other politicians and certain not of the current.

RIP 41


As a leader you have to make descions. A lot of people wonít like them & some may be genuinely awful, but those things donít make you an awful person. Itís clear to me that he tried to be a genuinely decent human being. This is the loss of another public figure that should show my country what we can be if we try.

Also, Iím not surprised at Charles attending the funeral. HM and P are said to have been very keen on GHW and Barbara. They had a bit in common, especially generationally. If it was ďthe doneĒ thing and she and P were much younger I sincerely think one of them would have attended in person.
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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2018, 11:39:38 PM »

Philip would often have gone in the past but the job of representing the Queen at funerals like this has fallen to Charles for the past decade or so. He went to Mandela's for instance.

I would have been surprised if Charles hadn't gone.

Philip went to JFK's and my favourite story about that was that little JFK Jnr was upset because there were so many people there and they weren't playing with him and so Philip went and played with him. Remember he had a 3 year old son at home at that time so was used to playing with a little boy that age. It is one of my favourite Philip stories - at a sad time for everyone, including that little boy, a visitor took the time to play with him.
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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2018, 11:51:43 PM »

Philip would often have gone in the past but the job of representing the Queen at funerals like this has fallen to Charles for the past decade or so. He went to Mandela's for instance.

I would have been surprised if Charles hadn't gone.

Philip went to JFK's and my favourite story about that was that little JFK Jnr was upset because there were so many people there and they weren't playing with him and so Philip went and played with him. Remember he had a 3 year old son at home at that time so was used to playing with a little boy that age. It is one of my favourite Philip stories - at a sad time for everyone, including that little boy, a visitor took the time to play with him.

I have never heard that story before & I love it. Thank you!
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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2018, 12:01:47 AM »

Philip would often have gone in the past but the job of representing the Queen at funerals like this has fallen to Charles for the past decade or so. He went to Mandela's for instance.

I would have been surprised if Charles hadn't gone.

Philip went to JFK's and my favourite story about that was that little JFK Jnr was upset because there were so many people there and they weren't playing with him and so Philip went and played with him. Remember he had a 3 year old son at home at that time so was used to playing with a little boy that age. It is one of my favourite Philip stories - at a sad time for everyone, including that little boy, a visitor took the time to play with him.

I have never heard that story before & I love it. Thank you!

Me either. Thatís a great story.
And HM sent a very nice statement to the US about GHWB and how she and PP spent time with him and Barbara in Texas in 1991 and what a nice time they had.
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2018, 04:22:07 PM »

Philip went to JFK's and my favourite story about that was that little JFK Jnr was upset because there were so many people there and they weren't playing with him and so Philip went and played with him. Remember he had a 3 year old son at home at that time so was used to playing with a little boy that age. It is one of my favourite Philip stories - at a sad time for everyone, including that little boy, a visitor took the time to play with him.

I'd never heard that, thank you so much for sharing that story, it's lovely.

I didn't agree with him most of the time but I never doubted his integrity and love of country.

I just saw Prince Charles there
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« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2018, 11:44:43 PM »

Dubya's eulogy for his dad was so lovely and moving. I cried when he cried.
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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2018, 11:50:14 PM »

Dubya's eulogy for his dad was so lovely and moving. I cried when he cried.

It definitely was a gut punch when he cracked a little at the end there, but such a great service. There was so much laughter, which I loved!
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« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2018, 05:08:09 AM »

I will remember GHWB as a man who tried to make a positive difference. Was he wrong on some things?  Of course. But a lot of people (myself included) made mistakes regarding how we treated those in the LGBT community. Was it wrong?  Of course. But I struggle a bit with this new reality where something a person said 30+ years ago can be used against them or as proof of their current beliefs.
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