1. Transfer of Bush 41s casket by his Secret Service detail to the hearse
2. Soundbite (English) Amb. Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute, Rice University:
"I had the great privilege of serving President George Herbert Walker Bush when I was in the United States Foreign Service as an American diplomat."
4. Soundbite (English) Amb. Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute, Rice University:
" I think he'll be remembered as one of the most consequential foreign policy presidents of the United States. He was sublimely trained for the responsibilities he undertook as president."
6. Soundbite (English) Amb. Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute, Rice University:
"Give it his character and given his nature. He managed the end of the Cold War with a whimper and not a bang. And when I say that it could have gotten pretty ugly with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and it took extreme deft strategic diplomacy to assure that the transition was nonviolent."
7. Close of name plaque on Djerejian's desk
8. Soundbite (English) Amb. Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute, Rice University:
"He had a humility… Here's the most powerful elected official in the world. And yet he had this deep seeded humility. which was inculcated in him as a child."
9. Ambassador reading a note written to him by Bush 41, that's attached in a frame to photo of him with Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine
10. Soundbite (English) Amb. Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute, Rice University:
"But political compromise? President Bush understood that and he got the ADA (Americans with Disablities Act) passed. And I think it's one of the most consequential domestic pieces of legislation that you know millions of Americans are benefiting from "
11. Cutaways of ambassador inside his Rice University office
12. Soundbite (English) Amb. Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute, Rice University:
"So I think, on the domestic side. He could have portrayed what he was doing… I think more positively to the American public."
13. The hearse containing Bush 41s remains departs the funeral home in Houston, en route to Ellington Field for transfer to Air Force 1.
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, who served as a diplomat under various US presidents including George H.W. Bush, says 41st president will be remembered as one of the most consequential and well-prepared foreign policy presidents.
Djerejian served as ambassador to Syria and assistant secretary for the Middle East and south Asia under President George H.W. Bush. He recounted the president's humility as being an asset for his foreign policy decisions, but perhaps a liability when it came to touting his domestic policy achievements like Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clean Air Act and negotiating a compromise with a Democratic Party controlled legislature that helped reduce a budget deficit. That compromise resulted in raising taxes, which went against a pledge Bush made when he clinched the Republican nomination in 1988.
The ambassador, who is the director of the Rice Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, added that while the compromise with Democrats perhaps cost the elder Bush re-election, the 41st believed it was the right thing to do and the best for the country.