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Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

Four former POTUSes in one tight shot.

Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

It was solemn and joyful. There were tears, and there was laughter. The grandsons were pallbearers. The granddaughters read scripture with remarkable poise and composure though their grief was evident. There were three former first ladies along with Melania Trump. There were four former presidents, the eldest being her bereaved spouse who sported a special pair of socks in honor of her commitment to literacy promotion.

Jon Meacham, Jeb Bush, and Susan Garrett Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James Baker and Barbara’s good friend, all read eulogies.

Representatives of the Johnson and Nixon families were present. Media did not supply names but  Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox are my guesses as they are the usual representatives at formal occasions. Chelsea Clinton also attended.

It was a moment in history, non-partisan, unified, and respectful in honor of a former first lady with a quick wit, sharp tongue, and many friends and fans of every stripe.

It was a traditional Episcopal service with beautiful music chosen by Barbara Bush herself.

And thus Barbara Pierce Bush, originally of Rye, NY and a Texas transplant as were so many Navy wives after World War II, was sent to her eternal rest by those who loved her.

The Secret Service posted this. Her detail remained with her until her casket was in the ground.

Rest in peace, Barbara Bush.

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Our hearts go out to the Bush family, and particularly the former president, her spouse of 73 years, George H.W. Bush.

Here is a nice picture taken at the repast.

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Tuesday
Apr 17
2018
New York, NY
Statement

Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.

We will never forget the courtesy and kindness she and President Bush showed us, starting when I was governor in 1983. I’ll always treasure my summer visits to Kennebunkport. Barbara joked that George and I spent so much time together I had become almost a member of the family, the “black sheep” that had gone astray.

Our hearts and prayers go out to President Bush; to George, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and to the entire Bush family she loved so much. We know that through them her remarkable strength, warmth and wit, and her devotion to our country will live on.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family, especially with the former president who lost his love of more than three-quarters of a century. That’s some track record!

She was a Westchester girl from Rye, NY, a young Navy wife during World War II, and her nickname in the family was “The Enforcer.”  She spoke her mind. She hoped Sarah Palin would remain in Alaska, and when her son Jeb ran for president, she said the country had had enough Bushes. There were other talented people out there. She and H.W. (41) unofficially adopted Bill Clinton.

Now she is with her beloved daughter Robin, and I am certain Millie ran to greet her all wagging tail and wiggles.

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Louise Slaughter remembered as trailblazer during funeral

Meaghan M. McDermott and Brian Sharp, Democrat and Chronicle

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) began by noting that two plane loads of Congress members and staff came to Rochester for the funeral. Pool video

Whether she was walking the halls of Congress, fighting for legislation to protect victims of domestic violence or genetic discrimination, blazing new trails for women in power or cooking up a slab of country ham before seeing her grandson off after a visit, there was truly only one Louise M. Slaughter.

In a moving funeral service on Friday for Rep. Slaughter, she was described by dignitaries and family alike as warm, funny, tenacious, committed and full of joy.

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More than 2,000 people, including dozens of congresspeople, members of the state Legislature, local officials and former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, filled the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday to say goodbye to Rep. Slaughter, who died March 16 at the age of 88.

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“Even her opponents couldn’t help liking and respecting her,” Clinton said. “We gather here for an extraordinary outpouring of love.”

Clinton spoke of Slaughter’s sense of humor and personal warmth, and the way she used those skills to help get things done in Congress without alienating her opponents.

“It’s hard because what she represented, who she was, not only should be remembered by all who knew her and all who she served with and for, but because we need more Louise Slaughters, today more than ever.”]

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Mar 16
2018
New York, NY
Statement

We loved and admired Louise Slaughter. She was a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill—skilled and smart, funny and fierce. For more than 30 years, she worked to bring the people of Western New York new economic opportunities. She was also one of the most effective advocates for health care reform, a respected voice for science, and one of our most important champions for women’s rights, including her co-authorship of the Violence Against Women Act. Her leadership and her wonderful laugh will be missed, but her legacy will live on in the young people she inspired to do public service and the countless Americans whose lives are better and healthier because of her remarkable career. We are grateful to have been her friends.

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This visit took place in January of this year.


In front of the observatories on Maunakea

From left to right: Maunakea Ranger Tommy Waltjen, former President Bill Clinton, Maunakea Support Services General Manager Stewart Hunter, former University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy Director Guenther Hasinger, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chief Maunakea Ranger Scotty Paiva (in back), Office of Maunakea Management Director Stephanie Nagata.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to the summit of Maunakea in early January 2018 and learned about the cultural, natural and scientific significance of the mountain.

The Clintons were shown culturally and geologically important sites before touring the W. M. Keck Observatory, one of the largest and most scientifically important optical/infrared telescopes in the world. After watching the sunset from Hawaiʻi’s highest peak at nearly 14,000 feet, the Clintons returned to Halepōhaku at the 9,200 foot elevation for stargazing.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy set up two, 9.25-inch telescopes, one with an attached camera capturing images viewed through the telescope. The Clintons were in awe during the 90 minutes of viewing the overwhelming number of stars that can be seen from Maunakea.

“We showed them the Orion nebula, Pleiades open cluster and Andromeda galaxy, and towards the end, Mrs. Clinton chose a couple of objects and moved the telescope herself,” said Marianne Takamiya, UH Hilo astronomy chair. Takamiya hosted the stargazing along with UH Institute for Astronomy astronomer Mark Chun, Waiākea High School senior Alicia Chun and UH Hilo astronomy student Mitchel Rudisel.

“Getting to show the Clintons different nebula and galaxies while sitting below one of the darkest skies in the world was an unforgettable experience,” said Rudisel.

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Wednesday
Feb 21
2018
Statement

Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of our friend Billy Graham, one of the most important religious leaders in American history. His powerful words and the conviction they carried touched countless hearts and minds.

I will never forget the first time I saw him, 60 years ago in Little Rock, during the school integration struggle. He filled a football stadium with a fully integrated audience, reminding them that we all come before God as equals, both in our imperfection and our absolute claim to amazing grace.

Later as Governor, in the White House, and afterward, I saw him live that faith fully in the constant kindness, encouragement, and counsel he extended to Hillary and me.

Billy has finished his long good race, leaving our world a better place and claiming his place in glory.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrated Presidents Day by taking grandkids, Charlotte and Aidan, to see Sesame Street Live. The following night, Hillary and Chelsea had a girls’ night out. Great pics here! I’ll say it right up front: I take issue with the word failed here. Ripped off is more like it.

The Clintons take their grandkids to Sesame Street Live before Hillary has a night out with Chelsea where she gets a standing ovation at the restaurant

Bill and Hillary Clinton took her two grandkids to see Sesame Street Live on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hillary is see on the left, next to her granddaughter Charlotte, posing with a picture with another attendee

Bill and Hillary Clinton took her two grandkids to see Sesame Street Live on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hillary is see on the left, next to her granddaughter Charlotte, posing with a picture with another attendee.

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton took their grandchildren to see Sesame Street Live in New York City on Monday
  • The following day, Hillary was spotted grabbing dinner with her daughter Chelsea at Upland, an upscale restaurant near Madison Square Park 
  • The failed presidential candidate was given a standing ovation as she entered the restaurant  

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been on grandparent duty this week, coming down to New York City to spend some quality time with their two grandchildren.

On Monday, which happened to be president’s day, the former president and failed presidential candidate took their three-year-old granddaughter Charlotte and one-year-old grandson Aiden to Sesame Street Live in Madison Square Garden.

It was the second year that Hillary had treated her kids to the show. During last year’s show, Aiden was still a baby and had to be carried around by his mom. This year, he spent part of the time sitting on his grandpa’s lap, while Charlotte took a seat next to her grandma.

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