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Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard during a departure ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Weber reminisces about meeting with Bush

Cowlitz County commissioner Dennis Weber was a presidential elector nominee for President Bush in his failed 1992 presidential re-election campaign, but the two didn’t meet until November 1999 when Bush gave the keynote speech at a national hospital conference Weber attended in Phoenix.

Bush’s rise to political power in the 1970s “was pretty hard to miss,” said Weber, who had been involved in Republican politics since high school. Weber was impressed by the way Bush “put aside his personal disagreements” with President Ronald Reagan on economics for the sake of the nation, and his leadership through the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Weber said he admires Bush’s bipartisan work with former Presidents Carter and Clinton, which he said “sets the proper tone that here are priorities in this world.”

“We can have vigorous disagreements, but in the end we need to be united in what’s best for this country,” Weber said.

And he said he was particularly impressed with the Bush family’s overtures to invite President Trump to Wednesday’s funeral, free of criticism from speakers, even though Trump “has been pretty critical of the Bush family.”

“How fitting that the funeral was an example of his sense of unity. ... These are the occasions (when) the nation comes together in a way the late president would heartily approve.”

— The Daily News

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