Observance: George HW Bush Lying in State


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Em Carpenter says:

    How wonderful that you could take your daughters to be part of such a moment in history.
    Thank you for sharing your experience and observations.Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I’ve opined in other forae that Bush the Elder’s death feels like a reminder of an America slipping away from us.

    An America where a patrician boy with every privilege and advantage imaginable would lie about his age and put off college to instead put himself in harm’s way and multiple times find his life in jeopardy. And then go on to fulfill the promise and responsibilities of the privileges he had been given to the fullest extent.

    An America where a partisan might give it his all in the rough and tumble of an election yet visibly and audibly respect his adversary while the process is underway, and sit down to break bread and roll logs with representatives of the loyal opposition when in office. An America in which partisan advantage was not seen as prevailing over obvious national interests.

    An America that valued dignity and demeanor, an America that dared to dream of a future in which nation-states themselves lived and conducted themselves according to rules and laws, and an America that lightly wore the burdens of leadership within that global community by way not only of her stature, her wealth, and her strength, but most of all by her example.

    That America feels a long way away these days. May the memory of George H.W. Bush inspire us to move our nation towards that ideal once more.Report

  3. I managed to make the Reagan funeral and my experience was very similar. Glad you were able to be there.Report