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Houston - 6 December 2018
1. Various of casket bearing former President George H.W. Bush being carried into church sanctuary
2. SOUNDBITE (English) James Baker, Former Secretary of State:
"For millions and millions across the globe, the world became a better place because George Bush occupied the White House for four years. He was not considered a skilled speaker but his deeds were quite eloquent. And he demonstrated their eloquence by carving them into the hard granite of history. They expressed his moral character. And they reflected his decency, his boundless kindness and consideration of others, his determination always to do the right thing and always to do that to the very best of his ability. They testified to a life notably lived."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Baker, Former Secretary of State:
"Yes, he had the courage of a warrior. But when the time came for prudence he always maintained the greater courage of a peacemaker. He ended the wars in Central America, he signed two nuclear arms reduction treaties. And he brought Israel and all of its Arab neighbors together face to face for the first time to talk peace. His deeds for his fellow man always spoke for him. Give someone else a hand he would say. And he did. When a friend is hurting show that you care, he would say and he did. Be kind to people, he would say. And he was. To the parents of a young son, who lost a young son lost to cancer, he wrote I hope you will live the rest of your lives with only happy memories of that wonderful son who is now safely tucked in, God's loving arms around him. His wish for a kinder gentler nation was not a cynical political slogan. It came honest and unguarded from his soul."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Baker, Former Secretary of State:
"We rejoice Mr. President that you are safely tucked in now and through the ages with God's loving arms around you because our glory George was to have had you as our president and as such a friend."
Former Secretary of State James Baker remembered his longtime friend George H.W. Bush as having "had the courage of a warrior but the greater courage of a peacemaker" during an emotional eulogy at Bush's funeral in Houston.
Baker said he was going to brag about Bush, even though the former president hated boasting.
Bush will be buried during a private ceremony later Thursday at his presidential library in College Station.