Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney began the second eulogy with fulsome tribute.
“I believe it will be said that in the life of this country, the United States, which is in my judgement the greatest democratic republic that God has ever placed on the face of this earth, I believe it will be said that no occupant of the Oval Office was more courageous, more principled and more honourable than George Herbert Walker Bush.”
To the laughter of the crowd, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney relates a Bush anecdote from an international summit.
He says Bush used to diligently take notes at international meetings. And at a Nato summit in Brussels the president continued to scribble notes during an interminable speech by the prime minister of Iceland, which was only cut off when the secretary general firmly decreed a coffee break.
Afterwards, Bush put down his pen and told Mulroney: “Brian, I’ve just learned the fundamental principle of international affairs.”
“What’s that, George?” Mulroney replies.
“The smaller the country the longer the speech,” says Bush.
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