Get your tissues ready…
On Thursday, “Today” host Jenna Bush Hager and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno teamed up to surprise Navy veteran David Miller with some new wheels. They pulled up to Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in a van as Miller and his family were interviewed by Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin.
The Chrysler Pacifica wasn’t just any old minivan: It was the exact one used by Bush Hager’s late grandfather, President George H.W. Bush, who died in November. It was customized by a company called BraunAbility, and the late president used it to get around during the final years of his life when he was in a wheelchair.
“The bad news is it’s a used car,” Leno told Miller. “The good news is it was owned by a Navy hero. And that hero was President George H.W. Bush.”
“George Bush Sr.,” Miller asked incredulously. “I love that man!”
Leno told him, “We thought you were the appropriate man to give this to.”
George H.W. Bush's yellow lab service dog had been a big part of the former president's life after Barbara Bush's passing.
His oath began: “Sully H.W. Bush, do you affirm – or pant – as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy that you will support, comfort and cheer our warriors and their families, active duty and retired?”
During the oath, Sully was asked to provide “unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days,” and acknowledge that the responsibility came “without any promise of treats or tummy rubs.”
The dog was asked to “shake” at the conclusion of the oath.
Petty Officer Sully: George H.W. Bush’s beloved service dog gets a new job in the U.S. Navy
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