Mourners line tracks as funeral train carries President George H.W. Bush to burial next to wife, daughter

first_imgDavid J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s farewell to President George H.W. Bush is ending in his adopted home state of Texas, when, after a more intimate service for family and friends Thursday, he will be buried where he had long hoped to be: next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who broke their hearts when she died at age 3 of leukemia.After the church service, a presidential funeral train carried Bush’s casket on a 70-mile final journey to the burial site, moving slowly at times as mourners, some saluting, many waving American flags, stood along the tracks in his honor.At the Texas funeral, he was eulogized by his longtime best friend, James Baker, who became his secretary of state and was with him in his last hours.He described Bush as “a truly beautiful human being.”“Man’s glory begins and ends with friends,” Baker said in a tearful description of their many decades together. He began with an apology to a man he said was always humble, but always clear in his decisions.“I’m about to do something you always hated — brag about yourself,” he said. “I will do this because it must be done.”In a gesture to ways of the past – a time well before presidential Twitter feeds – he called Bush a “charter member of the greatest generation,” the “finest” one-term president the country ever had, and a man who believed in “humility toward and not humiliation of” his adversaries.Baker also poked fun, joking that during a friendly disagreement, Bush used what Baker said was his “effective way of ending a discussion:” ‘Baker, if you’re so smart, why am I president and you’re not?’”As he finished, he paraphrased the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, saying, “Our glory, George, was to have you as our president, and such a friend,” then broke briefly into tears. As he walked back to his pew, he got a warm hug from former President George W. Bush.George Prescott Bush, the late president’s grandson and the son of former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, followed Baker. Bush, who served in the Navy like his grandfather, shared memories of the good times the Bush grandchildren had with the man they knew as “Gampy.”Speaking at his father’s emotional service in Washington on Wednesday, the 43rd president said the family took solace in knowing the elder Bush will be reunited with those who meant so much to him.“So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you – a great and noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have,” he said, choking up. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”H.W. Bush became a Texas transplant in the late 1950s after graduating from Yale University and leaving his home in a wealthy town in Connecticut, where he was raised. He moved his growing family to West Texas to learn the oil industry from the ground up, eventually deciding to run for Congress, embarking on his long career in politics.Before the Texas funeral began, he lay in repose at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which the Bushes joined in 1959.The Texas ceremonies were intended for about 1,200 friends of the family — many of whom are said to hail from “west of the Mississippi” — and included stars from the country music world Bush came to love: Reba McEntire sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Oak Ridge Boys performed a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”It was in marked contrast to the more formal funeral in Washington, during which the world watched as all five of the nation’s living presidents, as well as first ladies and hundreds of the city’s power figures, gathered at the Washington National Cathedral.According to a Bush family spokesperson, the late president, who had a signature pair of socks for seemingly every occasion, will be buried in a pair showing Navy fighter planes flying in formation, honoring his days as a naval aviator, a lifelong source of pride.In return, in an unprecedented gesture, the Navy will conduct the largest-ever 21-aircraft missing man formation to mark Bush’s wartime legacy.“In addition to being our president, he was also one of our brothers, flying combat missions off aircraft carriers during World War II. His service to our Navy and nation merits a tribute of this magnitude,” Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic, said in a statement.The F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets will fly over the interment ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.The special train taking Bush’s casket and family to the gravesite is reminiscent of previous presidential funeral trains.This one, designated the Union Pacific No. 4141 and painted in the colors of Air Force One, was unveiled in his honor back in 2005.At a final, private graveside service, in the late afternoon, “Taps” will be played and the Navy hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” will be sung, and George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest.On his simple headstone, what he once said all he wanted: his U.S. Navy identification number and the inscription: “He loved Barbara very much.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kisner And Bock Rock In Austin

first_imgI know it’s hard to believe, but in just one week we’ll be talking about how the azaleas are blooming, how Rory McIlroy can add the Career Grand Slam to his resumé, and the possibility of Tiger winning his 15th major victory. We’ll be talking about the incredible breathtaking beauty of Augusta National and we’ll be listening to the roars from the patrons as they cascade through the Georgia pines.Iced tea is the leading beverage consumed during Masters week, so it makes perfect sense to read the tea leaves from last week’s WGC–Dell Match Play Championship to identify who is most likely to add that elusive Green Jacket to their wardrobe.Let’s begin with the number one player in the world, Dustin Johnson. D.J. left Austin Country Club after losing two of his first three matches, not The Masters confidence boost he was seeking. Then, in my opinion, the two names most talked about, Rory Mcllroy and Tiger Woods, both took a step backward.After beating Rory in the sweet-16 round, Tiger scored some “major” points with me, and his chances for his 15th Major win were looking good, until he came up short on a clutch four-foot putt against the very talented but little known 27-year-old from Denmark who plays mostly on the European Tour, Lucas Bjerregaard. So, in my book, both Rory and Tiger left Austin with a minus on the confidence meter.Local Austin favorite and former University of Texas standout, Jordan Spieth, who has dominated at The Masters with a win, two runner ups, and a third place, is struggling with his game, and just appears to be lost right now. It’s imperative to have a hot putter on the tricky greens at Augusta and one of Spieth’s strengths has always been his ability to make 20 to 25-foot putts, but right now, a five-footer has Jordan shaking in his boots.At the end of 2018, his world ranking was #17 and as of today, it’s #32. Whether he admits it or not, he’s trending in the wrong direction. However, I’m looking for The Masters to turn his game around. I’m hoping that my tea leaf reading skills are lacking, otherwise it doesn’t look too good for some of the biggest names in the game to prevail down Magnolia Lane.Meanwhile, a big congratulations to the winner of the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play, Kevin Kisner, who has strong ties to the East End. His trusty caddie is East Hampton’s Duane Bock. It was quite a week for Duane, both high and low. The high obviously came from the win, but the low came from the passing of a good friend from ALS shortly before the start of the Match Play. Duane paid tribute to his good friend by having his initials on his hat all week.Kevin refers to himself as a grinder. “Grinder” in the dictionary is described as an athlete who succeeds through hard work rather than exceptional ability, however, to beat 63 of the world’s top golfers takes exceptional ability, and it was certainly on display in Austin. This victory for Kisner was number three on PGA Tour and by far the biggest of his career. One thing that makes this victory so amazing is that Kevin finished second a year ago in the same event on the same course, Austin Country Club, and he was determined to finish one better this year, and he did.When Kevin graduated from Georgia, his goal was to play on the PGA Tour. His Dad gave him $16,000 to chase his dream and to get his career started on the mini-tours, and he is very proud of the fact that he never had to ask for more. He made money in his first two events and won his third tournament. He certainly had his ups and downs since then, graduating to the Web.com Tour and then the PGA Tour, and now he is a World Golf Champion.The $16,000 investment proved to be a good one. Winning the Dell Match Play, Kevin earned a whopping $1,745,000 and I’m pretty sure Duane will enjoy the traditional 10-percent payday.The next mountain left to climb for Kevin is a major championship. Kisner said he felt comfortable at Austin Country Club and I’m sure he will feel just as comfortable at Augusta, just a 45-minute drive from his home in Aiken. By the way, I’m on a pretty good roll predicting winners so far this year. Before The Players started, I predicted Rory would come out on top, and he did. On Friday of Match Play week, I predicted Kevin Kisner would come out on top, and he did. Now the question is . . . who do I pick for The Masters? You’ll find that out next [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

SeaBird Nominates New Chairman

first_imgSeaBird Exploration Plc has nominated Åge Korsvold as the new Chairman, after Henrik Christensen decided to step down.The Nomination Committee has performed a search of suitable candidates, and has resolved to propose that Mr. Åge Korsvold is elected as new Chairman. The proposal has been discussed with Mr. Christensen, the Board of Directors and certain principal shareholders, who support such proposal. Åge Korsvold is currently a board member of i.a. Timex Group B.V., Sapa AS, Green Resources AS, and Aweco Invest AS. Previous engagements include roles as CEO of Orkla, Kistefos and Storebrand.Given that the proposal for a new Chairman of the Board of Directors has already been agreed, Mr. Christensen, the Board of Directors and the Nomination Committee have agreed that there is no reason to postpone implementation of the proposal until the annual general meeting, scheduled for 13 May 2014. On such basis, the Board of Directors has resolved to call for an extraordinary general meeting where it is proposed to change the Board of Directors as indicated above.If the proposal is approved, the Board of Directors will consist of Åge Korsvold (Chairman), Kitty Hall, Kjell Mathiassen, Melvin Teigen and John Olav Økland. The Nomination Committee proposes no change to the remuneration currently payable to the chairman of the Board, however, so that in the event that the work of the Chairman exceeds 10 full working days per year, the Chairman shall be entitled to invoice the Company an additional amount for each such full working day. The Nomination Committee will issue its formal recommendation in due course.Press Release, March 12, 2014last_img read more