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Washington DC - 5 December 2018
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of
"President Bush was also responsible for the North American Free Trade Agreement, recently modernized and improved by new administrations, which created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world. While also signing into law the Americans With Disabilities Act, which transform the lives of millions and millions of Americans for ever. President Bush's decision to go forward with strong environmental legislation including the Clean Air Act that resulted in the Acid Rain Accord with Canada is a splendid gift to future generations of Americans and Canadians to savor in the air they breathe and the water they drink and the forests they enjoy and the lakes rivers and streams they cherish. There's a word for this. It's called leadership. Leadership and let me tell you, that when George Bush was president of the United States of America. Every single head of government in the world knew that they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one who was distinguished, resolute and brave."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Fmr. Sen. Alan K. Simpson, (R) Wyoming:
"But he often said, when the really tough choices come into the country not me, it's not about Democrats or Republicans. It's for our country, that I have fought for. And he was a man of such great humility, those who travel the high road of humility in Washington D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic. (LAUGHING) And he had a very serious flaw, known by all close to him. He loved a good job. The rich are the better. And he threw his head back and give them a great laugh. But he never ever could remember a punchline. And I mean never. "
4. Various cutaways of Bush family
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Fmr. Sen. Alan K. Simpson, (R) Wyoming:
"So the punchline for George Herbert Walker Bush is this. You would have wanted him on your side. He never lost his sense of humor. Humor is the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life. That's what humor is. He never hated anyone. He knew what his mother and my mother always knew. Hatred corrodes the container it's carried in."
6. Various of Soloist Ronan Tynan singing "Last full measure of devotion" along with The Armed Forces
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney praised former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as a strong world leader who helped oversee the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union and was "responsible for the North American Free Trade Agreement" with Canada and Mexico.
With President Donald Trump, a sharp NAFTA critic, seated in the front row at Bush's funeral, Mulroney said Wednesday the deal "created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world" and was "recently modernized and improved by new administrations." Trump had called the trade deal unfair to the U.S. and moved to replace it.
Mulroney said Bush also deserves credit for the Americans with Disabilities Act and revising the Clean Air Act. He said, "There's a word for this. It's called leadership."
Bush died last week in Houston at age 94.
Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming also honored his longtime friend, hailing Bush as man of humility, a commodity the Wyoming Republican said is rare in the capital.
Simpson said, "Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C., are not bothered by heavy traffic."
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