The late 41st President of the United States is being laid to rest and Vice President Mike Pence is blessed with the opportunity to speak in front of George H.W. Bush’s family and he knocks it out of the park with a beautiful story.
Pence told the audience a story that involved his own son, Mike, who is a marine aviator, who finally made his 1st tailhook landing on the USS George H.W. Bush.
The story connected Bush and his son in something that happened just a few months ago, a letter penned by Pence. This was sadly just before Bush departed to be with his wife Barbara and his late daughter, Robin.
Barbara Bush passed away a few months ago, on April 17, 2018. Their late daughter Robin passed away on October 11, 1953, at just three years of age due to Leukemia.
When Mike Pence began to speak, the Bush family looked on and it was like people could feel the vibe in the air of how close the Bush family remains to each other.
Watch Pence deliver his story to the Bush family, followed by the transcript.
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.
I’m told that he started writing letters to his parents when he was 18 years old, and over time his circle of correspondence grew to include family, friends, advisers, staff, business associates, former Presidents, and just about anyone who would take the trouble to write him.
After a lifetime of writing letters, my son got one just not too long ago. As I told two of his sons this weekend, when our son made his first tailhook landing as a Marine aviator on the U.S.S. George Herbert Walker Bush, I took the liberty of writing that ship’s namesake to ask for a small favor.
I didn’t write to 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. 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.”
And then in words that assured us that the letter came directly from him, he wrote, quote, “Though we have not met, I share the pride your father has for you during this momentous occasion. And I wish you many CAVU 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.
President Bush described CAVU, in his words, as “the kind of weather we Navy pilots wanted when we were to fly off our carrier in the Pacific.” And he once wrote a letter to his children saying that CAVU, in his words, “describes my own life as it has been over the years, as it is right now.” Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited.
You know, that may well describe the essence of this man. And it may well have been his vision. The vision he had for his life, for his children, his children’s children, and his country: no barriers, no boundaries, no limits.