In his remarks, he addressed the grief that his hometown is feeling:
“Those of us who live in Dallas and call it home have had five deaths in the family.” – George W Bush at the Dallas memorial
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 12, 2016
He spoke of his friends in law enforcement:
George W. Bush: 'Today the nation grieves' pic.twitter.com/T5pr0xONyE
— POLITICO (@politico) July 12, 2016
He cautioned Americans not to rush to judgment:
Powerful words from former President George W. Bush pic.twitter.com/2jVcPa7t0G
— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) July 12, 2016
And then he explained in a single sentence why “blue lives” should matter to all of us:
Former President George W. Bush paid tribute to the five fallen Dallas officers at a memorial service today, saying, "we are grief-stricken, heartbroken & forever grateful."
“Most of us imagine if the moment called for [it] that we would risk our lives to protect a spouse or a child. Those wearing the uniform assume that risk for the safety of strangers.”
Despite getting a brief chuckle from the crowd when he noted that one of the fallen was a “loyal Texas Rangers fan,” the former president was visibly emotional as he gave his remarks.
His full speech appears below: