Historian and author Jon Meacham, who wrote the authoritative biography of George H.W. Bush, Destiny and Power, delivered a warm and poignant eulogy at the funeral of First Lady Barbara Bush on Saturday.

Meacham began by telling the story of when Mrs. Bush ran up to him excited to meet him before realizing he wasn’t who she thought he was, author John Grisham.

Those from both sides of the political aisle remarked at how perfect Meacham’s words were for the “First Lady of the Greatest Generation.”