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George W. Bush pays tribute to Van Cliburn at memorial service


Former President George W. Bush paid tribute to classical pianist Van Cliburn at a memorial service in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday.

Bush was among 1,400 mourners who turned out to pay their respects to the 78-year-old musician following his death from bone cancer last week. Bush, who presented the pianist with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003, spoke at the ceremony and described Cliburn as a "gracious" and "humble" man, who was "beloved, even by the enemy" and "spread peace and love through his music."

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A statement from President Barack Obama, who awarded Cliburn the National Medal of Arts in 2010, was read at the service, along with a note of tribute from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The memorial service also featured a performance by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by a choir.

Mar 4, 2013 12:40PM
Silly me.  I thought this was a chance to read something without Obama's name in it.  What was I thinking?
Mar 4, 2013 11:39AM
You may be a runner-up to a total jackA**,  but you will do until the number one
candidate arrives!  What drives you fools to act like this? You're not amusing and put yourself
in the worst of people's opinion.
Mar 4, 2013 11:36AM
this is not necessary you jerk.  You obviously have no appreciation of music talent.
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