George W. Bush passes candy to Michelle Obama at his father’s funeral
Dec 06 2018
But there are only so many seats even in that grand cathedral, and the Bushes had a famously enormous Christmas card list that included friends, business associates, and a vast and ever-expanding political network.
Bush died last week in Houston at age 94. The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. became the 43rd president.
Following the funeral at St Martin's, where Bush and his late wife, Barbara Bush, were long-time worshippers, a train will carry his remains about 100 miles (160 km) northwest to College Station, Texas, where he will be laid to rest at his presidential library.
On Oct. 18, 2005, the George Bush Locomotive was unveiled during a ceremony near his presidential library on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
Former US president George W. Bush shared a light moment with former First Lady Michelle Obama at the funeral for his father George H.W. Bush on Wednesday, appearing to slip her a piece of candy before the service began.
However, he has been remembered as representing an earlier era of civility in American politics, an image burnished in recent years by the divisiveness and anger in the United States that accompanied the rise of President Donald Trump.
Trump, the day before, spent 20 minutes visiting Bush family members, who were staying at Blair House, across the street from the White House.
Among the foreign dignitaries inside the cathedral were Britain's Prince Charles, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish President Andrzej Duda and former presidents of Estonia, Mexico and Portugal, as well as former prime ministers of Britain, Canada, Japan and Kuwait. Delivering a eulogy will be James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and longtime confidant.