“I love you, too.” If you gotta go, these are not bad words to leave with. The NYT’s Peter Baker on the last days of George Herbert Walker Bush. (Being respectful, and even laudatory, when someone with opposing political views dies is entirely appropriate and even required. Instead of lamenting the loss of public decency we remember from George H.W. Bush, we should emulate it.)

+ “Despite antipathy between the Bush family and President Donald Trump, the 41st president made clear he wanted America’s current leader to be at the funeral, putting the institution of the presidency above personal animosities.” (Of course, nearly anything said about Bush at his funeral will sound like a rebuke of Trump. So would anything you’d say about almost anyone.)

+ Some memories shared by the Bush White House photographer.

+ Franklin Foer: The Last WASP President.

+ Maureen Dowd: My faithful correspondent, Poppy Bush, scribbling and typing notes through decades of history. The Patrician President and the Reporterette: A Screwball Story.

+ The President’s service dog says goodbye.