A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage, and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.
“I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young as late as possible. … One reason Dad knew how to die young is that he almost did it twice. When he was a teenager a staph infection almost took his life. A few years later, he was alone in the Pacific on a life raft, praying that his rescuers would find him before the enemy did. God answered those prayers — it turned out he had other plans for George H.W. Bush.
“In his 90s, he took great delight when his closest pal James A. Baker smuggled a bottle of Grey Goose vodka into his hospital room. Apparently it paired well with the steak Baker had delivered from Morton’s.
“He taught us that a day was not meant to be wasted, and he played golf at a legendary pace. I always wondered why he insisted on speed golf — he was a good golfer. Well here’s my conclusion: He played fast so he could move on to the next event, to enjoy the rest of the day, to expand his enormous energy, to live it all. He was born with just two settings: Full-throttle, then sleep.”
George W. Bush speaking at his father’s funeral
“[H]e often said, ‘When the really tough choices come, it’s the country, not me; it’s not about Democrats or Republicans, it’s for our country that I fought for.
“Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C., are not bothered by heavy traffic.
“The most decent and honorable person I ever met was my friend George Bush, one of nature’s noble men. … Loyalty to his country, loyalty to his family, loyalty to his friends, loyal to the institutions of government and always, always, always a friend to his friends. None of us were ready for this day.”
Sen. Alan Simpson speaking at George H.W. Bush’s funeral
“As vice president, Bush once visited a children’s leukemia ward in Kraków. Thirty-five years before, he and Barbara had lost a daughter, Robin, to the disease. In Kraków, a small boy wanted to greet the American vice president. Learning that the child was sick with the cancer that had taken Robin, Bush began to cry.
“To his diary later that day, the vice president said this: ‘My eyes flooded with tears, and behind me was a bank of television cameras. And I thought, I can’t turn around. I can’t dissolve because of personal tragedy in the face of the nurses that give of themselves every day. So I stood there looking at this little guy, tears running down my cheek, hoping he wouldn’t see. But if he did, hoping he’d feel that I loved him.'”
Historian Jon Meacham speaking at George H.W. Bush’s funeral
“Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!”
President Trump tweeting before the Bush funeral
“I’ve been there with 8 presidents as an elected official and none had more class and a greater sense of decency than President Bush.”
“Timberwolf’s Detail concluded at 0600 hours on December 7, 2018 with no incidents to report at the George Bush Presidential Library – College, Station, Texas. God speed Former President George H.W. Bush – you will be missed by all of us. -Bush Protective Division”
The U.S. Secret Service tweeted a tribute to George H.W. Bush as the agency concluded its security detail for the former president
“(Rodgers) may be happy, but I don’t think he doesn’t come out of this looking good. He got a coach fired. Aaron to me looks like the prima donna basketball player in the NBA that wants his coach fired. There were rumblings last week…that Aaron Rodgers is difficult to coach.”
Former Packer Mark Chmura said that the reputation of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be sullied with the events that led up to Coach Mike McCarthy’s dismissal, and that his actions even led up to that firing
It’s hard to articulate the impact this job had on me and my family. From the beginning, Green Bay has welcomed me with open arms. I met my beautiful wife Jessica here and raised our family of 5 children who will always call Green Bay home. Thank you for the immense outpouring of love our family has received this week and throughout our time here. This speaks to the quality of folks in the State of Wisconsin. Coach Lombardi said it best, “Green Bay is all about Faith, Family and Football.”
The Green Bay Packers are a tremendous organization and I will always be proud of my time with the team. A special thanks to Bob Harlan and Ted Thompson who entrusted me in 2006 with an incredible opportunity to be the 14th Packers head coach. Titletown is the greatest football town in America. Representing this team was a privilege that I never once took for granted.
Thanks to all of the players I coached. It was an honor to lead you as you chased your dreams. I am proud that you always reflected the Packers standard while chasing excellence in the ultra-competitive National Football League. You always understood what an honor and privilege it was to represent the organization and the community.
To my coaching and support staff: I will be forever indebted to you and your loved ones for what you did for me and the organization. The amount of dedication, commitment and time we spent together will always be our bond. Special thanks to my assistants Lisa Waeghe and Matt Klein who were integral parts of the team and our success.
To the fans, your connection to the team is special and unique. Thank you for your endless passion, energy and commitment. That enthusiasm is always an important component of the Packers success.
There is an unmistakable pride that runs through the bloodline of all Green Bay Packers and that is why it’s not the but the Packers people and the pride they have for this organization that I will miss the most.
I wish nothing but the best for the Green Bay Packers moving forward.
Ex-Packer head coach Mike McCarthy in a full-page advertisement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press-Gazette and other Gannett papers
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Pearl Harbor anniversary
Lame duck state legislative sessions are nothing new
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Lame duck sessions are horrible
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Cash-strapped couples want total strangers to pay for their weddings