Michael W. Smith Sings “Friends” at Funeral for President George H.W. Bush

In one of several tear-jerking moments during the funeral for President George H.W. Bush, Christian singer Michael W. Smith sang his signature song “Friends”.  The performance video is at the bottom of the page, and a complete story from Trevor Decker.com is below.

Christian Artist Michael W. Smith Performs at George H.W. Bush Funeral

Contemporary Christian music legend Michael W. Smith performed at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. Smith whose career spans decades is a pioneer in Christian music and a friend of the Bush family for decades. He performed his song “Friends” which emphasizes trust in God’s will for your life even when you don’t understand it. The song has often been used at funerals. Smith released the song which he co-wrote with his wife in 1987. The song was written for a friend who was moving away to serve in ministry.

Smith recalled seeing President Bush for the last time a mere three months before he passed away.

“As we were leaving, we just gave him a hug and said ‘We love you. We love you, so good to see you,” Smith told CBN News. “And about the time we were leaving, he put his finger in the air and had that sparkle in his eyes and said: ‘Friends are friends forever.’ Deb and I walked out of there thinking this might be the last time that we see him.”

Two Heroes From “The Greatest Generation” George Bush and Bob Dole

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. To me, this pictures speaks volumes of “The Greatest Generation”. While they had been political allies and rivals, it was their service to our country that brings a smile to my face.

This week, with the passing of President George Bush, we have heard quite a bit of information about him flying numerous combat missions and about the time he was shot down by the Japanese, during WW II.

Bob Dole served on the other side of the globe during WW II. He suffered permanent injuries when he was hit by German machine gun fire near Castel d’Aiano in the Apennine mountains southwest of Bologna, Italy.

When I look at the picture above, there are several things that come into my mind.

First is that there is an American patriot and hero laying in State in a coffin covered by a flag that both Bush and Dole sacrificed greatly for.

Next, I see another American patriot and hero being helped to stand out of his wheelchair.

Also, you see a left-handed salute (salutes are to be given with the right hand). You see, Dole can not salute with his right hand due to the injuries mentioned earlier.

Bob Dole paid the ultimate respect between two veterans, first by standing when it is nearly impossible for him to do at this point in his life, and then rendering a salute the only way possible – with his left hand.

This is a very proud moment in American history and a memory that I have that will last a lifetime.

Ed Boston

Bob Dole

 

 

Ed Henry From Fox News Remembers President George H. W. Bush On The Ed Boston Podcast

George Bush Arrives in Heaven

Friend of the podcast, Ed Henry from Fox News returns to the podcast to help us remember the life of President George H. W. Bush. Listen to the interview “On Demand” by clicking this link to iHeartRadio.

Here is Ed’s bio from FoxNews.com:

Ed Henry currently serves as Fox News Channel’s (FNC) chief national correspondent. He joined the network in June 2011 and is based in Washington, D.C.

Most recently in 2018, Henry earned widespread praise for his hard hitting interviews with campaign advisor for President Donald Trump Katrina Pierson, and then-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt. Additionally, he provided live coverage from Helsinki, Finland during President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin.

During the 2016 election, Henry reported on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while covering the campaign trail and making national headlines for his questioning during a news conference. Throughout his tenure at FNC, Henry has covered all major news stories involving President Barack Obama and his administration as FNC’s chief White House correspondent.

Previously, he covered the 2013 government shutdown and the National Security Administration (NSA) leaks involving the former NSA government contractor Edward Snowden and the NSA’s wide-ranging surveillance activities, the 2012 presidential election where he was on the campaign trail with President Barack Obama and the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012. Additionally, Henry has interviewed former President Bill Clinton on Nelson Mandela’s legacy after his death in 2013 and former Israeli President Shimon Peres about Iran’s nuclear program. Henry served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 2012-2013.

Prior to joining FNC, Henry was at CNN from 2004-2011 where he served as the network’s senior White House correspondent and congressional correspondent. Additionally, he began his career working as a Senate correspondent at Roll Call for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jack Anderson and later became a senior editor there. Henry also served as the chief political analyst for WMAL-AM (ABC) and a contributing editor at Washingtonian Magazine. Previously, he was a political analyst at C-SPAN and WUSA-TV (CBS 9).

The recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress and the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for excellence in presidential coverage under deadline in 2008.

Henry graduated from Sienna College with a B.A. in English.