Sunday, October 08, 2006
At a dedication ceremony in Virginia, President Bush spoke warmly of the World War Two veteran being honored: his father. The two Presidents Bush were on hand today to help christen America's newest aircraft carrier. The tenth and last of the Navy's Nimitz-class carriers is being named for the 41st president, George H.W. Bush.
Dorothy Bush Koch breaks a champagne bottle across the bow of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier as, from left, President George W. Bush, former President George.H.W. Bush and Northrop Grumman Newport News President Michael Petters watch the christening.As the current President Bush told his father, "your ship has come in." The first President Bush became the youngest pilot in the Navy when he joined, getting his naval aviator wings before age 19.After the Pearl Harbor attack, Bush said everyone was eager to join the armed forces. The elder Bush recalled how America was "totally united" during that time of world war. But, he pointed out, his generation often dubbed "the greatest generation" was "no greater than the kids that serve today."