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Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell

Dec 06, 2018 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

WASHINGTON - Memories of George Bush's sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful service for America's 41st president.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his impersonation of Bush was to mimic "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne."

That prompted chuckles that rang from the vaulted arches inside the Washington National Cathedral.

Meacham said that while campaigning and asking for votes in Ne...