Vice President Mike Pence gave a eulogy honoring the late President George H.W. Bush Monday afternoon.
He also recalled Bush’s modesty and kindness, telling a story about Bush signing a note for his son Michael, a Marine aviator, after he accomplished his first tailhook landing.
“After a lifetime of writing letters, my son got one, just not too long ago,” Pence started. “As I told two of his sons this weekend, when our son made his first tailhook landing as a Marine aviator on the USS George Herbert Walker Bush, I took the liberty of writing the ship’s namesake to ask for a small favor. I didn’t write him as a vice president to a former president. I just wrote as a proud dad of a Marine aviator to a former Navy pilot.”
“I asked him to sign a picture of the flight deck that I could give to my son. Now we were told by the staff that the president had long since ended the practice of signing autographs and we understood that,” the vice president continued. “But little to my surprise, just in time for my son’s winging, there came not only a signed photograph but, of course, a letter. Hand-signed as well. August 2018. In that letter, President Bush wrote to my son in his words, ‘Congratulations on receiving your wings of gold. I know how proud you and your family are at this moment,’” Pence stated.
He added, “And then in words that assured us that the letter came directly from him, he wrote, ‘Though we have not met, I share the pride your father has for you during this momentous occasion, and I wish you many C.A.V.U. days ahead. All the best, G. Bush.’ I would come to learn that that acronym, ‘CAVU,’ for short is a term Navy pilots have used since World War II. It stands for ceiling and visibility unlimited.”
VP Mike Pence tells a story about reaching out to President Bush after his naval aviator son made his 1st tailhook landing on the USS George H.W. Bush.
"Though we have not met, I share the pride your father has for you during this momentous occasion,” Bush wrote in a letter. pic.twitter.com/Ijf7ucUSLq
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Overall, Vice President Pence delivered a poignant, respectful and fitting tribute to President Bush.