Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell

  • Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo, speaks during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

  • Presidential biographer Jon Meacham, shakes hands with former President George Bush after speaking during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

  • Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo, center, speaks with former President George Bush, right, as he walks to a podium to speak during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

  • Jeb Bush, Laura Bush, and former President George W. Bush share a laugh as a story is told about former President George H.W. Bush during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — Memories of George H.W. Bush’s underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America’s 41st president.

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