Getting Mushy in His Fine Old Age

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Those weren't tears of pain former President Bush shed last week during a tribute to his son Jeb, Florida's outgoing governor. Just the opposite. Family friends say the old guy is getting more emotional and has been prone to joyful crying jags when bragging on his kids. And—bless his heart—he doesn't try to stop it; he just lets the tears pour out. His buddies tell us that Bush, 82, also gets weepy when discussing the importance of his family and the blessings he has enjoyed throughout his life. "He has always been an emotional guy," says a pal.