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It has been hard for comedians and commentators alike not to contrast George H.W. Bush with Donald Trump during tributes to the 41st president. Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost highlighted Bush’s ability to laugh at himself, The View’s Joy Behar noted his relatively strong environmental record.

And now Stephen Colbert has pointed out that unlike Trump, Bush knew what it meant to serve his country in war.

The Late Show host began his tribute Monday night by describing Bush as “the last president of the Greatest Generation,” and showed his viewers actual footage from 1944 in which he could be seen being rescued by the crew of a submarine after he was forced to bail out of his plane.

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