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NEIL: KARL ROVE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE REMEMBER A PRESIDENT, A ONE-TERMER AS THEY SAY, BUT SO CONSEQUENTIAL

TOUCHING US IN AREAS THAT BESPEAK NOT OF POLITICS, BUT OF SIMPLE HUMANITY REMEMBERING HIM ON FOX >> AND WHAT A LIFE IT WAS, THE NATION MOURNING OF LOSS OF A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT DEDICATED HIS WHOLE LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE GEORGE HW

BUSH, THE 41ST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS DIED AT AGE 94 MEMORIES POURING IN NOT ONLY IN WASHINGTON, BUT AROUND THE WORLD NEXT TWO HOURS WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF GEORGE HW BUSH

AMERICA'S NEWS HEADQUARTERS FROM WASHINGTON NOW, I'M DELAND VITTERT >> I'M EBONIK WILLIAMS >> GOOD TO BE WITH YOU AND THE TRIBUTES TO GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH ARE THE STATESMAN THIS COUNTRY GEORGE AND BARBARA BUSH AND PRESIDENT GEORGE H

W BUSH WILL BE MISSED IN MANY WAYS HE WAS A FINE MAN AND EVEN WHEN HE OPPOSED YOUR VIEWS, YOU INTO HE WAS DOING WHAT WAS BEST FOR AMERICA, HIS WISH FOR A KINDER AND GENTLER NATION >> AND NANCY PELOSI, DUTY, SACRIFICE, COMMIT, PATRIOTISM, ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN

HIS LIFE AND LEGACY WILL REMAIN AN ENDURING GIFT TO THE NATION AND FRIENDSHIP CHERISHED BY ALL WHO WERE BLESSED TO KNOW HIM RETIRING SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, LEADING WITH DECENCY AND INTEGRITY, A WAR HERO AND STATESMAN, THE COUNTRY IS INSPIRED BY HIS EXAMPLE, MANY REMEMBERING HIM AS A MAN OF PRINCIPLES WITH A REMARKABLE LEGACY >> SPEAKING OF THAT LEGACY, MIKE, YOU THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO COVER THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY CAN YOU JUST SHARE WITH US A BIT OF YOUR REMEMBRANCE AND REFLECTION? >> I R REMEMBER BEING A KID REPORTER IN AUSTIN, TEXAS COVERING HIS FIRST CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR BEING ON THE GROUND OF THE STATE CAPITOL IN 1995, USE CONTINUE FOR GEORGE W

BUSH'S INAUGURATION AS GOVERNOR, SEEING TEARS ON HIS FATHER'S CHEEKS, AND SWEARING IN WHICH MEANT SO MUCH TO THE 41ST PRESIDENT TWO YEARS AFTER HE LEFT OFFICE HE WAS A VERY PROUD DAD >> THANK YOU >> AND MIKE, WE'LL CHECK WITH YOU FOR MORE MEMORIES IN THE MEANTIME, WE BRING IN FOX NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST BRIT HUME JOINING US WITH MORE INSIGHT

BRIT, THERE'S A WORD THAT ALWAYS COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF GEORGE HW BUSH FOR THOSE WHO KNOW HIM, YOU DID WELL, THAT'S HUMILITY IN A WAY WE'RE FINALLY ABLE TO REMEMBER HIM IN A WAY HE'D NEVER LET US TALK ABOUT HIM WHEN HE WAS ALIVE >> THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT, LELAND

HE WAS THE MOST MODEST OF MEN AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF A MAN OF HUMILITY AND YET, GREAT AMBITION A MAN OF KINDNESS AND YET, A MAN WITH STEEL IN HIM AND IT WAS THOSE QUALITIES, CHARACTER, AND DETERMINATION THAT MADE HIM THE MAN HE WAS AND WHY HE WAS SO ADMIRED BY SO MANY AND THEN YOU HEAR THAT REFLECTED OF COURSE IN THE TRIBUTES THAT POURED IN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TODAY AND ARE CONTINUING TO COME IN >> BRIT

YOU SPEAK EARLIER WITH NEIL CAVUTO HOW THIS PRESIDENT WAS EASILY THE NICEST ONE YOU'VE EVER COVERED IN YOUR CAREER, BUT AS YOU JUST MENTIONED, ALSO HAVING THAT STEELY AMBITION CAN YOU GIVE US AN IDEA HOW THIS PRESIDENT BUSH 41 WAS ABLE TO BALANCE THOSE TWO SEEMINGLY CONTRADICTORY CHARACTERISTICS IN ONE MOMENT? >> WELL, IT IS A GREAT GIFT TO A POLITICIAN NOT TO BE CYNICAL AND HE WAS GENUINELY FRIENDLY, HE LIKED PEOPLE, HE LIKED TO TRY TO HELP PEOPLE, TO SERVE PEOPLE HE GREW UP BEING TOLD THAT WHATEVER IT WAS HE WAS DOING, IT WASN'T ABOUT HIM THERE'S OF COURSE THE FAMOUS STORY OF THE DAY HE HAD A BUNCH MUCH HITS IN A BASEBALL GAME AND TOLD HIS MOTHER AND SHE SAID, YEAH, HOW DID THE TEAM DO? HE WAS THAT WAY HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT OTHERS

AND HE TOOK HIS SHARE OF SLINGS AND ARROWS IN OFFICE AND HE COULD GET ROUGH IN CAMPAIGNING, BUT HE WAS– THERE WASN'T A CYNICAL BONE IN HIS BODY AND HE WAS QUICK TO FORGIVE AND THAT'S A GREAT GIFT BECAUSE BITTERNESS IS A TERRIBLE BURDEN FOR A POLITICAL FIGURE AND HE HAD– YOU KNOW, HE COULDN'T STAY MAD AT PEOPLE SO HE WASN'T BURDENED BY ALL THAT AND IT MADE HIM A MORE CHEERFUL AND PLEASANT AND SUNNIER MAN WHICH IS A GREAT THING AND GREAT FOR OUR COUNTRY, TOO, THAT HE WAS THAT WAY >> BRIT, YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HIM IN AND OUT OF OFFICE, TO COVER HIM AS A PRESIDENT AND SPEND FINAL WITH HIM ALONE WE HAVE SOME PICTURES OF YOU BOTH AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, YOU ALL PLAYING TENNIS AT AN INTERVIEW AS WELL

AND THIS IS A PICTURE OF YOU ALL WITH TENNIS RACKETS WAS HE THE SAME MAN IN PRIVATE, IN THOSE KINDS MUCH MOMENTS AS WHAT WE SAW AS THE PUBLIC IN THE OVAL OFFICE? >> YES, HE– WELL, YEAH, HE WAS I MEAN, IT REALLY IS A CASE OF WHAT YOU SAW WAS WHAT YOU GOT I NEVER ACTUALLY PLAYED TENNIS WITH HIM I WAS COMING UNDO TO KENNEBUNKPORT FOR THE PRESS PARTY THEY HAD EVERY YEAR FOR THOSE OF US WHO COVERED HIM WHILE HE WAS UP ON VACATION IN MAINE

AND HE WAS WARM, FRIENDLY, OUTGOING, LIKED PEOPLE, KNEW MILLIONS OF THEM HAD A MULTITUDE OF FRIENDS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND I SOMETIMES WONDERED WHETHER BARBARA BUSH WAS AS TAKEN WITH ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HE SO LIKED AS HE WAS [LAUGHTER] >> I PARTICULARLY REMEMBER THE– HE WAS IN PARIS FOR A BIG SUMMIT AND I'LL NEVER FORGOT THIS THE VALIDICTORY NEWS CONFERENCE THAT PRESIDENTS TOLD TO HOLD AFTER THESE SUMMITS, AT THE US SEMLY ASSEMBLY GROUNDS AND SPECTACULAR IN PARIS AND ON THE LAWN AT THE END OF IT HELEN THOMAS, THE LEGENDARY LONG-TERM WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR UPI SAYS, MR

PRESIDENT, WILL YOU TAKE US ON A TOUR? AND HE SAID, WELL, IF IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH THE AMBASSADOR, OF COURSE THE AMBASSADOR WASN'T GOING TO SAY NO SO HERE COMES THIS TROUPE OF, YOU KNOW, THE INK-STAINED WRETCHES TRUDGING UP TO THIS BEAUTIFUL AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE AND BARBARA BUSH LOOKED HORRIFIED THAT THE RIFFRAFF WAS TRAMPLING IN AND I TURNED TO HER AND SAID NOT SINCE THE STORMING OF THE BASTILLE HAVE WE SEEN THIS? SHE SORT OF SMILE, BUT SHE WASN'T THAT AMUSED BY IT AND HE WAS FRIENDLY AND GREGARIOUS: AS A KID HE WAS KNOWN AS A HALF-HALF GUY

AND IF HE HAD CANDY YOU WANT HALF? >> ALL OF HIS NOTES NEVER HAD THE WORD "I" IN THEM BECAUSE HIS MOTHER TAUGHT HIM KNOW THE TO USE THE WORD "I" IN THEM AND BRIT, THANKS FOR THOSE PICTURES, APPRECIATE IT TALK TO YOU SOON MORE COVERAGE OF LIFE OF GEORGE H

W BUSH THROUGHOUT THE DAY INCLUDING TWO SPECIALS BY BRIT HUME, THE FIRST CALLED DESTINY IN POWER, THE DIARIES OF GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, 10 PM EASTERN, BUSH FAMILY ALBUM TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY AND WE'LL SEE MORE OF THOSE PICTURES AND YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS EITHER ONE OF THEM, AN INCREDIBLE INSIGHT INTO THE LEGACY OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT >> PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO OFFERING PRAISE FOR PRESIDENT BUSH 41 AS HE ATTENDANCE THE LAST DAY OF THE G20 SUMMIT IN ARGENTINA

STILL AHEAD FOR PRESIDENT BUSH, A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING TONIGHT WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT, BUT THE DEATH OF BUSH 41 ALSO FORCING A CHANGE IN THE PRESIDENT'S PLANS JOHN ROBERTS IS WITH THE PRESIDENT IN BUENOS AIRES JOHN? >> EBONI, GOOD AFTERNOON PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY, ANGELA MERKEL SHE STARTED OFF THE MEETING BY SAYING SHE CONSIDERS BUSH 41 AS BEING THE FATHER OF REUNIFICATION

AND THE PRESIDENT PRAISED THE PRESS, AND CONDOLENCES >> WE EXTENDED OUR BEST WISHES AND HE WAS A VERY FINE MAN I MET HIM ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS HE WAS JUST A HIGH QUALITY MAN WHO TRULY LOVED HIS FAMILY ONE THING THAT CAME THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR, HE WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS FAMILY AND VERY MUCH LOVED HIS FAMILY

SO, HE'S TERRIFIC GUY, HE IS HE'LL BE MISSED >> AND THE DEATH OF 41 CHANGING THIS PRESIDENT'S PLANS HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HAVING A PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT AN HOUR AND 45 MINUTES FROM NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE G20 AND OBVIOUSLY, THERE WERE A LOT OF OTHER ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT ON THIS TRIP TO ARGENTINA BUT A SHORT TIME AGO THE WHITE HOUSE CALLED THAT OFF HERE IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT IT

>> WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A VERY BIG PRESS CONFERENCE AND OUT OF RESPECT FOR PRESIDENT BUSH WE'VE CANCELED IT HERE AND WE'LL HAVE IT BACK IN WASHINGTON AT SOME TIME >> SO THE PRESIDENT HAS DECLARED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH AS THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR PRESIDENT BUSH 41 HE AND THE FIRST LADY WILL ATTEND THE STATE FUNERAL FOR THE PRESIDENT AT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, I BELIEVE A DATE FOR THAT YET TO BE DETERMINED WHILE THE PRESS CONFERENCE WAS CANCELED TODAY, THE PRESIDENT STILL HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO HE'S GOT THAT BIG DINNER MEETING TONIGHT WITH PRESIDENT XI JINPING OF CHINA

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HOPING FOR A BREAKTHROUGH IN TRADE TALKS THE PRESIDENT RECENTLY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT XI JINPING THAT HAS HIM FEELING OPTIMISTIC LISTEN TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT IT YESTERDAY >> WE'VE ALREADY SPOKEN AND WE'RE WORKING VERY HARD IF WE COULD MAKE A DEAL, I THINK NED' LIKE TO AND WE'LL SEE, WE'LL BE MEETING WITH PRESIDENT XI

IN THE MEANTIME, OUR STAFF A WORKING AND WE HAVE A LOT OF VERY TALENTED PEOPLE WORKING, LARRY KUDLOW'S REPRESENTATIVES ARE DEALING WITH THEM ON A CONSTANT BASIS THERE'S SOME GOOD SIGNS WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS >> STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO THOUGH TO TRY TO GET SOME DEVELOPMENTS GOING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA THERE'S CHINA'S ISSUE OF INTERROGATORY — INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND TARIFFS AND OTHER ISSUES

ONE THING OF NOTE, THE PRESIDENT HAS BROUGHT ALONG HIS TRADE ADVISOR, THERE YOU SEE A PICTURE OF HIM, PETER NAVARRO, HE'S A REAL HAWK ON CHINA EARLIER WHEN THEY HAD TRADE TALKS ON CHINA, STEVE MNUCHIN, TREASURY SECRETARY BOXED NAVARRO OUT OF THOSE TALKS AND CHINA DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE'S SO TOUGH AND HIS PRESENCE COULD MEAN THE PRESIDENT'S HARD LINE ON CHINA ONE POSSIBLE SWEETNER ON THE TABLE, IF THERE'S MOVEMENT IN THIS BILATERAL MEETING TONIGHT, THE WHITE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING POSTPONING AN AUTOMATIC INCREASE IN TARIFFS THAT'S SET TO KICK IN ON JANUARY 1ST THERE'S TALKS THAT THAT MIGHT BE TURNED BACK TO APRIL 1ST, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SEE THE POSSIBILITY OF DELAYING MORE TARIFFS ON CHINA A WIN FOR XI JINPING SO HE WOULD LIKELY HAVE TO SHOW SOME REAL COMMITMENT TO CHANGING THE TRADE RELATIONSHIP BEFORE THE WHITE HOUSE PULLS THAT TRICK

>> ALL RIGHT, JOHN ROBERTS IN ARGENTINA, THANK YOU, JOHN LELAND >> A FOX NEWS ALERT, THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYING THAT IRAN HAS TEST FIRED A MEDIUM RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT'S CAPABLE OF CARRYING MULTIPLE WARHEADS THIS MISSILE CAN REACH PARTS OF EUROPE AND ANYWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT OBVIOUSLY WOULD INCLUDE IDZ

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO IS CALLING THE TEST A VIOLATION OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL, SAYING IN PART, THE MISSILE TESTEN AND PROLIFERATION IS GROWING AND WE CALL UPON THEM TO CEASE THESE IMMEDIATELY, ALL ACTIVITIES SECRETARY POMPEO JOINS FOX NEWS SUNDAY ANCHOR CHRIS WALLACE TOMORROW TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THAT >> WE MANAGED HUMONGOUS HISTORICAL CHANGE CAPSULIZED INTO A FOUR YEAR PERIOD WITH FINESSE, I THINK, AND WITH STRENGTH AS WE SAW, YOU KNOW, THE BERLIN WALL CAME DOWN, GERMANY WAS UNIFIED, EUROPE WAS FREE, RUSSIA IMPLODED, THE GULF, TIANANMEN SQUARE WITH CHINA SO WE WERE FACED WITH MAJOR FOREIGN POLICY PROBLEMS AND I THINK WE CONDUCTED OURSELVES PRETTY WELL

>> A REFLECTIVE GEORGE HW BUSH AT THE END OF THE COLD WAR, THE BUSCH FOREIGN POLICY SEEM FACED SEVERAL GLOBAL POLICIES AS YOU HEARD FROM THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION TO CHINA'S TIANANMEN SQUARE AND SADDAM HUSSEIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WE LOOKED BACK AT HIS LEGACY IT'S ONE OF FOREIGN POLICIES >> ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES IN THAT REALM

FEW IF ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENTS ARRIVED AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE WITH THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THE FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE THAT GEORGE HW BUSH BROUGHT TO HIS POLICY AND STRONG MEN WHO THREATENED FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD A PRIORITY NORIEGO AND SADDAM HUSSEIN

>> FOR IN MAN'S HEART, IF NOT IN FACT, THE DAY OF THE DICTATOR IS OVER >> WHEN HIS TERM COMMENCED IN 1989, THE SOVIET UNION RIVALED PT US FOR SUPER POWER STATUS: COLD WAR WAS IN FULL SPRING THE WALL DIVIDED EAST FROM WEST AND THE COMMUNIST BLOCK SEEMED POISED TO EXPAND

AND FOUR YEARS LATER, IT WAS REARRANGED AND HE HELPED STEER THE FREE WORLD FORWARD THROUGH THE TRANSITION >> I'M NOT SURE WE'VE ABSORBED THE FULL IMPACT, THE FULL IMPORT OF WHAT HAPPENED, BUT COMMUNISM DIED THIS YEAR THE BIGGEST THING THAT'S HAPPENED IN THE WORLD IN MY LIFE, IN OUR LIVES, IS THIS, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, AMERICA WON THE COLD WAR [APPLAUSE] >> BUT HIS FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES SPREAD WIDE ACROSS THE GLOBE HE WASHED WITH SOUTH AFRICA NATIONAL CONGRESS LED BY NELSON MANDELLA

NAVIGATED THIS WITH CHINA AND EGREGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS HIS MOST FORMIDABLE CHALLENGE WHETHER TO LEAD THE COUNTRY INTO WAR, WHICH HE DID, LIBERATING KUWAIT AND HE PUT TOGETHER ONE OF THE COALITIONS IN THE 20TH CENTURY, 30 NATIONS BACKED BY MANDATE INCLUDING SOVIET UNION >> AND YOU GOT THE FEELING THROUGH THAT, DESPITE THE SUCCESSES YOU ENUMERATED OVER GREAT CHALLENGES AT TIMES, HE NEVER TOOK PERSONAL CREDIT FOR IT HE WAS ALWAYS THE ONE TO THANK THE MILITARY

HE DIDN'T SHOW UP FOR THE TICKER TAPE PARADE >> I DON'T THINK HE HAD TIME THERE WAS ALREADY THREE CHALLENGES SORT OF CLOSING IN ON THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE HE HAD WRAPPED ANYTHING UP AND YOU HEARD WHAT I SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PIECE, TWO MAJOR DICTATORS TAKEN DOWN, YOU KNOW, IN THE WESTERN AND EASTERN HEMISPHERES WITHIN TWO YEARS >> WHAT A LEGACY THANK YOU SO MUCH

>> WE'RE JOINED ON THE PHONE BY FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE DR HENRY KISSINGER THANKS FOR JOINING >> THANK YOU >> SO AS WE DISCUSSED PRESIDENT BUSH 41'S LEGACY IS LARGELY ONE OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND PARTICULARLY LEADING THIS NATION AFTER THE COLD WAR

DR KISSINGER, COULD YOU SHARE WITH US, HOW YOU REMEMBER WHAT THAT LEADERSHIP LOOKED LIKE? >> PRESIDENT BUSH WAS DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE FROM HIS YOUTH I KNEW HIM SINCE THE '60S AND CONSIDERED THAT HIS MISSION IN WHATEVER FORM THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT CALL– DURING HIS ADMINISTRATION, THAT COMMUNISM COLLAPSED AND HE ALSO HAD A WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT OCCUPIED A PART OF KUWAIT, INTERNATIONAL ROLES AND PUT TOGETHER AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION SUCCESSFULLY RELATES WITH CHINA AFTER THE UPHEAVAL THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE IN BEIJING SO HE WAS A BELIEVER THAT THREAT OF DEMOCRACY WAS AN AMERICAN MISSION, BUT HE ALSO FOREIGN POLICIES THAT HE DID NOT CELEBRATE VICTORIES IN THE WAY THAT HUMILIATED PEOPLE THAT HAD TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

FOR EXAMPLE, HE DID NOT VISIT BERLIN IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE WALL BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE TOO PAINFUL >> AS WE THINK BACK HOW HE CONDUCTED HIMSELF AND WE ARE A WATCHING HIM THERE WITH GERALD FORD AND RONALD REAGAN AND WE TALK SO MUCH ABOUT PRESIDENT BUSH'S REALLY UNIQUE HUMILITY IN THIS WAS THE FACT THAT HE WAS SO WILLING TO GIVE CREDIT TO OTHERS, WHETHER NOT TO GLOAT ABOUT THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL OR WHETHER IT WAS BEING WILLING TO SHARE THE CREDIT WITH THE TROOPS AND WITH HIS GENERALS POST THE PERSIAN GULF WAR DID THAT ALLOW HIM TO GET MORE DONE? WAS HE LET THREATENING TO FOREIGN LEADERS WHEN FOREIGN POLICY WASN'T ABOUT HIM, BUT WAS IN HIS WORDS, ABOUT THE MISSION DEFINED AND THE MISSION COMPLETED? >> PRESIDENT BUSH ON HIS OWN POLICY NOT ON THREATS, BUT TRYING TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSES AND THEREFORE HAD A– A FOREIGN POLICY IF WHICH HE COULD APPEAL ON A PERSONAL BASIS TO THE LEADERS WITH WHOM HE HAD TO DEAL, TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND TO EUROPE IN THE CASE OF GERMANY AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION TOGETHER– DR

KISSINGER >> ON THE AMERICAN SIDE >> DR KISSINGER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING TO SHARE THE REFLECTION OF PRESIDENT HW

BUSH THANK YOU, DR FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE KISSINGER TAKING A LOOK AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THE FLAG IS AT LELAND: >> I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES >> THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

>> AND WILL TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY >> AND WILL TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY >> PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES >> PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES >> SO HELP ME GOD

>> SO HELP ME GOD >> CONGRATULATIONS >> PRESIDENT BUSH RECITING THE OATH OF OFFICE ON JANUARY 20TH, 1989 AS HE WAS SPORN IN AS THE 41ST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MANY GOALS FROM THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAD A LONGLASTING IMPACT ON THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

WITH WITH A LOOK, CRAIG SERVED AS BUSH'S CHIEF OF STAFF DURING HIS VICE-PRESIDECY IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION DID YOU SEE A DIFFERENCE IN VICE-PRESIDENT GEORGE HW BUSH VERSUS WHO HE BECAME WHEN HE TOOK THAT OATH AND BECAME THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF HIMSELF? >> I DIDN'T SEE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY HE DEALT WITH PEOPLE I CERTAINLY FELT THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE BECAUSE HERE WAS SOMEBODY WHO HAD BEEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR DECADES AND SUDDENLY SERVING AS VICE-PRESIDENT, BASICALLY HE HAD TO HOLD HIS VIEWS IN CHECK SERVING PRESIDENT REAGAN

NOW, IT WASN'T THAT THEY DISAGREED A LOT, BUT IT WAS PRESIDENT REAGAN THAT HE WAS SUPPORTING AND SUDDENLY HE WENT FROM BEING THE SUPPORTING PARTNER IN A WHITE HOUSE, TO BEING COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF WITH WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE FAIRLY MOMENTOUS DECISIONS BOTH FOREIGN POLICY AND DOMESTIC POLICY THAT HAD TO BE MADE BY HIM DURING HIS FOUR YEARS AS PRESIDENT EBONI: SPEAKING OF DOMESTIC POLICY ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE THINGS FROM BUSH 41'S PRESIDENCY, THIS CLIP WE ARE GOING TO PLAY ABOUT HIS POSITION ON TAXES >> MY OPPONENT ABOUT RAISING TAXES, BUT I WILL AND THE CONGRESS WILL PUSH ME TO RAISE TAXES AND I'LL SAY, NO AND THEY'LL PUSH AND I'LL SAY NO AND THEY'LL PUSH AGAIN AND I'LL SAY TO THEM, READ MY LIPS, NO NEW TAXES [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] >> OF COURSE, WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE, CRAIG

WHAT ENDED UP BEING AN INFAMOUS BROKEN PROMISE AND CAN YOU REMEMBER– >> I REMEMBER BEING IN THE HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS GETTING READY FOR THE SPEECH A COUPLE OF DAYS EARLIER AND A NUMBER OF US DEBATED THAT LINE IT'S SUCH A WONDERFUL AND MEMORABLE LINE HE WORKED ON IT, HE DEVELOPED IT, BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAD BEEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND I'D BEEN THERE FOR THE EIGHT YEARS OF PRESIDENT REAGAN'S TERM, FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAD BEEN HERE WE WORRIED GREATLY ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF SAYING IT AND THE POTENTIAL NEED TO FIND ADDITIONAL REVENUE GOING FORWARD IN FAIRNESS TO HIM, HE SET WITH LEADERSHIP OF BOTH THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE, OF BOTH PARTIES IN THE CABINET ROOM AND WORKED OUT AN ARRANGEMENT BY WHICH THAT THE SPENDING REDUCTIONS AS WELL AS A SMALL TAX INCREASE, BUT THAT PHRASE WAS THE ONE THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT GOING TO BE PUT ASIDE AND IT WAS ACTUALLY THE REPUBLICANS WHO GAVE HIM THE PROBLEMS FIRST BY BOLTING FROM THE AGREEMENT AND OBJECTING TO IT

NOW, HAVING SAID THAT, I THINK ULTIMATELY THAT THE PACKAGE THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER SET UP A LONG-TERM ECONOMIC RECOVERY THAT DIDN'T COME IN TIME TO HELP HIM WIN REELECTION, BUT CERTAINLY SERVED THE NATION WELL AS WE MOVED INTO THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION EBONI: SHARE YOUR FONDEST MEMORY WORKING WITH THE PRESIDENT >> OH, I THINK IT'S– AND I HATE EVEN TO SAY THIS, BUT IT'S NOT JUST ONE MEMORY, BUT IT IS THE MEMORY OF THE WAY HE DEALT WITH PEOPLE, WHETHER THEY WERE POWERFUL OR WHETHER THEY WERE SERVING HIM IN A DINER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HE REACTED TO PEOPLE SO GENUINELY AND SO POSITIVELY BECAUSE HE GENUINELY LIKED PEOPLE AND I TRAVELED THE WORLD WITH HIM, OVER 60 COUNTRIES, EVERY STATE IN THE NATION MULTIPLE TIMES

I ALWAYS SAW HIM TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS AND RESPECT, AND I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY THE BEST MEMORY THAT I HAVE OF THE TIME I SPENT WITH HIM WHICH I WILL ALWAYS TREASURE EBONI: YES, CERTAINLY, CRAIG THAT'S BEEN THE CONSISTENT THEME, I THINK, ALL DAY COMING OUT OF THE LEARNING OF THE PASSING OF THE 41ST PRESIDENT I WANT TO THANK YOU, CRAIG FULLER, FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH 41 WAS VICE-PRESIDENT LELAND

LELAND: AND WE'RE NOW GETTING SOME STATEMENTS FROM TWO MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COURT ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT GEORGE HW BUSH CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS SAYING, QUOTE, I'M SADDENED TO LEARN OF PASSING OF PRESIDENT GEORGE HW

BUSH, HE WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN PATRIOT AND FUNDAMENTALLY DECENT MAN I EXTENT MY HEART FELT CONDOLENCES TO THE BUSH FAMILY STATEMENT FROM JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS WHO GEORGE HW BUSH NOT ONLY NOMINATED, BUT STOOD BEHIND SAYING WITH DEEP AND PROFOUND SADNESS THAT VIRGINIA AND I LEARNED OF THE PASSING OF PRESIDENT BUSH

BOTH HE AND MRS BUSH WERE THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND KINDNESS THEN AND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS VIRGINIA AND I EXTEND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE ENTIRE BUSH FAMILY WITH THAT WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PRESIDENT GEORGE HW

BUSH A PICTURE THERE FROM A PLACE HE LOVED SO MUCH, KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE OUR RICK LEVENTHAL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS AS FRIENDS AND FAMILY BEGIN TO GATHER TO PAY RESPECTS >> HEY, LELAND PRESIDENT BUSH REMEMBERED FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, FAITH, AND FAMILY

A MAN OF PATRIOTISM AND DECENCY AND WE'LL HAVE MEMORIES FROM FAMILY AND FELLOW >> CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE, REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF THE 41ST PRESIDENT RICK LEVENTHAL, LIVE IN HOUSTON WHERE BUSH FAMILY CALLED THEIR HOME DURING THE WINTER HI, RICK >> HEY, LELAND, WE'RE OUTSIDE OF THE GATES OF THE COMMUNITY WHERE THE PRESIDENT MOVED NOT LONG AFTER LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE

HE'S BEEN HERE FOR SOME 24 YEARS WITH HIS WIFE BARBARA UNTIL HER PASSING IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR AFTER 73 YEARS OF MARRIAGE, THE LONGEST MARRIED PRESIDENTIAL COUPLE AND OUTSIDE OF THE GATES HERE, YOU CAN SEE SOME WELL WISHERS HAVE LEFT FLOWERS AND ALSO AN AMERICAN FLAG DRAPED THIS NOW HONORING THE MAN FIVE CHILDREN, 17 GRANDCHILDREN, 18 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN AND SIBLINGS THE NAVY PILOT FROM WORLD WAR II, THE SON, AND HERBERT WALKER BUSH WAS AMBASSADOR, DIRECTOR OF THE CIA, VICE-PRESIDENT, AND PRESIDENT AFTER 94 REMARKABLE YEARS, OUR DEAR DAD DIED GEORGE HW

BUSH WAS OF THE HIGHEST CHARACTER AND BEST DAD ANY SON AR DAUGHTER COULD ASK FOR AND FOR THE COMPASSION OF THOSE WHO PRAYED FOR DAD AND CONDOLENCES OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS JEB BUSH TWEETED, I ALREADY MISS THE GREATEST HUMAN BEING I'VE EVER KNOWN, LOVE YOU DAD FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND MICHELLE WROTE, AMERICA HAS LOST A PATRIOT AND HUMBLE SERVICE AFTER 73 YEARS OF MARRIED, GEORGE AND BARBARA ARE TOGETHER NOW, AND TWO POINTS OF LIGHT THAT IGNITED COUNTLESS OTHERS WITH THEIR EXAMPLE AND TRUMP AND FIRST LADY, THROUGH HIS ESSENTIAL AUTHENTICITY, DISARMING WIT AND UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY, HE INSPIRED FELLOW AMERICANS TO PUBLIC SERVICE A THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT ILLUMINATING THE GREATEST HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY TO AMERICA FOR THE WORLD AND LELAND, IT'S WORTH REMINDING OUR VIEWERS THAT PRESIDENT GEORGE H

W BUSH SKY DIVED ON HIS 75th, 80th, 85th AND 90th BIRTHDAYS, A REMARKABLE MAN ALREADY BEING MISSED BY SO MANY AND WILL BE LAID TO REST HERE IN TEXAS LATE NEXT WEEK LELAND: FOR ALL THE REMEMBRANCES AROUND THE WORLD HE USED TO SAY THE GREATEST TITLES IN HIS MIND WERE HUSBAND, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER THAT YOU TOUCHED ON THERE, RICK GOOD TO SEE YOU FROM HOUSTON OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES

WITH THAT WE BRING IN CONGRESSMAN ANDY BIGGS GOOD TO SEE YOU, SIR AS FRAUGHT AS THINGS ARE IN WASHINGTON AND GOING INTO THE NEXT TWO YEARS, ONLY PROMISE TO BE MORE SO, WHAT FROM PRESIDENT BUSH'S EXAMPLE SHOULD WE TAKE? >> WELL, I THINK HIS LEGACY OF FAMILY AND SERVICE ARE REALLY IMPORTANT EXAMPLES TO THE REST OF US, AND I THINK HE WAS JUST A DIGNIFIED, GOOD MAN I THINK WHEN I THINK BACK, YOU KNOW, HE USED TO WRITE NOTES AND CARDS TO PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD JUST SIMPLY MEET AND I THINK HE HAD A CERTAIN LOVE FOR PEOPLE AND I THINK THAT THAT BROUGHT DIGNITY TO HIS OFFICE AND HIS CHARACTER EXEMPLIFIED HIS CHARACTER

LELAND: HE WAS ALSO FAMOUS FOR TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR BOTH CIVILITY, BUT ALSO THE WILLINGNESS TO BE MODERATE HE SAID ESSENTIALLY IF BEING A MODERATE HAS BECOME A NEGATIVE IN OUR WORLD THEN IT'S TIME TO DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING HIS LETTER WAS FAR MORE ELOQUENT THAN THAT, BUT THAT WAS THE SPIRIT OF IT HAS THAT BEEN LOST? IS THERE A WAY TO GET IT BACK? >> WELL, I THINK THERE IS I THINK THE KEY WAS– IS TO REALLY RESPECT EACH OTHER AND I THINK HE DID

IF YOU DO THAT YOU CAN MODERATE YOUR TONE AND IF SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO WALK AWAY AND SAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO AGREE TO DISAGREE, AND YOU MAY NOT GET TO AN AGREEMENT, BUT YOU CAN DO THAT IN A RATIONAL CIVILIZED FASHION AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE HE WAS LELAND: HIS DIRECT KWAET, WHEN THE WORD MODERATE BECOMES A DIRTY WORD, WE HAVE SOME SOUL SEARCHING HE SAID THAT ALL THE WAY BACK IN 1964 DOES THIS CHANGE THE DYNAMIC HERE IN WASHINGTON FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS? DOES IT BRING EVERYBODY TOGETHER? >> WELL, YOU'D LIKE TO SAY THAT WE MIGHT AT LEAST HAVE A CIVILIZED TONE AND RATIONAL EXPRESSION TO EACH OTHER WITHOUT GETTING WILD AND OVER THE TOP I DON'T KNOW NA IT CROSSES THE BARRIERS OF THE GULFS THAT ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, BUT I THINK IT CAN HELP US BE A LITTLE MORE COURTEOUS TO EACH OTHER AND MORE RESPECTFUL

LELAND: IS THERE ANYTHING FOR REPUBLICANS TO TAKE FROM HIS LEGACY SPECIFICALLY? >> YEAH, I THINK — I WOULD SAY THAT HIS SERVICE AND HIS RESPECT FORP EACH OTHER IS REALLY WHAT YOU AND I ARE TALKING ABOUT I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE KEYS TO HIS LIFE AND HIS SUCCESS WAS A WILLINGNESS TO APPRECIATE OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS I MEAN, HE WAS A TOUGH GUY, BUT I THINK HE ALSO WAS VERY CONCERNED AND LOVED PEOPLE LELAND: YEAH, OFTEN SAID THAT ONE OF HIS BIG WORRIES IN THE WORDS OF JOHN MECHEM IS THAT WHEN POLITICS AND PRINCIPLES CLASHED POLITICS WAS GOING TO WIN, IT SEEMED AS THOUGH PRINCIPLE IN HIS MIND WAS A FAR GREATER CALLING CONGRESSMAN BIGGS, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND YOUR THOUGHTS, SIR

>> THANKS, LELAND LELAND: GOOD TO SEE YOU EBONI EBONI: STILL AHEAD, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE REMEMBERING PRESIDENT GEORGE HW

BUSH, HIS LIFE AND LEGACY THE 41ST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HOW HIS ADMINISTRATION HELPED SHAPE THE MODERN WORLD >> I THINK HISTORIANS ARE GOING TO SAY THAT WE DID PRETTY WELL AND THAT'S ALL RIGHT FOR ME I'M NOT IN ANY RUSH, IN HEAVEN, LOOK DOWN, LET THEM MAKE THAT DETERMINATION

>> PRESIDENT BUSH, WE NEVER TALK ABOUT HIS LEGACY, HE'D LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND SEE HOW THE HISTORIANS ARE JUDGING WITH THAT WE BRING IN THE TALK SHOW HOST AND THE WRITER, STEVE GRUBER IT WAS JAMES BAKER WHO THOUGHT GEORGE HW BUSH ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED PRESIDENTS WE'VE HAD AND FINALLY GETTING THINKS DUE

AND IT'S TIME NOW FOR US TO GIVE THAT TO HAD I AM? >> WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, I'LL TELL YOU THIS, AND I'VE HAD THE FIRST CHANCE TO SEE GEORGE HW BUSH AT THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN WITH ROSS PEROT AND BILL CLINTON AND MEET THE MAN TWICE OUT OF OFFICE HE WAS A GENUINE FIGURE, A BIGGER THAN LIFE FIGURE, A MAN WHO WAS EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE HEARD HE WAS HONEST, HE HAD UNIQUE QUALITIES, HE STOOD UP AND SHOOK YOUR HAND AND HAD A GENUINE INTEREST IN WHO YOU WERE AS A PERSON

SOME OF THE TAKE AWAY, A GUY WHO WAS A COMBAT PILOT, AN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, A GENTLEMAN WHO SERVED AMERICA FOR DECADES AND TRULY BELIEVED IN AMERICA, IN THE PEOPLE, AND WHEN HE WOULD STOP AND TALK TO PEOPLE AND SHAKE THEIR HANDS, HE MEANT IT LELAND, HE MEANT IT WHEN HE SHOOK MY HAND THE FIRST TIME I MET HIM I WAS WITH MY YOUNG DAUGHTER, THAT'S SOMETHING I'LL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE LELAND: YEAH, IS THERE SOMETHING IN THE GENUINENESS OF COUNTRY OVER SELF, OVER POLITICS THAT'S NOW MISSING THAT HE HAD, AND IF SO, WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? >> WELL, CERTAINLY YOU CAN REFLECT ON GEORGE HW

BUSH AND REALIZE THAT WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE, WHEN

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