George Bush Pays Respects to John Lewis

George Bush Pays Respects to John Lewis

( – On Thursday, President George W. Bush gave a heartfelt sendoff to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The former president and Lewis often fought on different sides, but they had great respect for each other, which was evident in his remarks.

Bush told the story of how Lewis used to preach to his family’s chickens as a kid. When he was asked to eat the birds, the young Civil Rights icon refused. Bush called it his “first act of nonviolent protest.”

Bush spoke eloquently about how Lewis loved the Lord. He said the former Freedom Rider left us all with a lesson to keep ourselves open to the calling of love, service, and sacrifice for others.

John Lewis left us with a better and nobler country, Bush said. He added that the congressman’s honorable story and work weren’t ending today.

It’s truly moving to see leaders put aside their partisan fights to come together in a moment of celebration for a great man. Some things are more important than politics.

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