NBC’s open for George H.W. Bush coverage contained pointed quotes

NBC News‘ extended special report open for coverage of George H.W. Bush’s funeral contained some particularly poignant quotes from the 41st president.

The animated open started with portions of the quote “We are a nation of communities … a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky,” shown on screen, though the entire quote was not visible.

“We don’t want an America that is closed to the world. What we want is a world that is open to America” was shown next. These first two quotes are especially pointed during the current debate over immigration and nationalism.

The sequence ended with a quote from Bush’s speech to the 1988 Republican National Convention: “I will keep America moving forward, always forward, for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand Points of Light. This is my mission, and I will complete it.”

NBC sister cable network, MSNBC, used a similar version of the open.

Fox News, meanwhile, also used a quote in its open but one with more religious undertones.

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