Longtime NBC broadcaster Tom Brokaw admits he became emotional in the aftermath of the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.
Brokaw was talking about a story James Baker told about washing the feet of Bush and admits he began “breaking down.” He said as an anchor, he’s usually in control of his emotions.
“We have learned over the years how to control ourselves, but that was a meaningful and very spiritual moment I thought,” Brokaw told WOR’s “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning.”
Brokaw says former President George H.W. Bush only served one term because he was “too slow” to address a downturn in the economy. He added that Ross Perot entering the 1992 presidential race with Bush and Bill Clinton.
“If it had only been the two of them, could he have won? The nature of politics is we just don’t know,” Brokaw said.
Bush was part of the so-called “Greatest Generation that fought in World War II. That’s a phrase that Brokaw coined, but he says Bush was reluctant to talk because of his humility.
“I had a hard time talking him into participating with me. It took me two or three tries and then he wrote me the most amazing letter about how it changed his life,” Brokaw said.
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