Nation pays respects to 41st U.S. president — George HW Bush
Dec 04 2018
The church will also hold a second memorial service for the former president at 11 a.m. ET Thursday. Firing back, the New York Times ridiculed Bush when, in the paper's words, he "emerged from 11 years in Washington's choicest executive mansions to confront the modern supermarket" and seemed befuddled by the checkout scanner. First the couple stood for a few moments before the casket with their eyes closed, according to the Associated Press. They exited the rotunda with little fanfare. Trump himself has criticized the elder Bush on the campaign trail.
"He was a attractive, lovely man, it was an honor to work with him, he was beloved", veteran Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, expected to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, told Reuters as she exited the Rotunda.
Bush's to service ranged from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice president and then president.
Bush was a decorated World War II fighter pilot, onetime ambassador to China, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and vice president to Ronald Reagan before winning the White House.
"For in all his 94 years, President Bush never lost his love of adventure and he never failed to answer the call to serve his country".
Along with his son, George H.W. Bush will be eulogized by former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, whose time in power overlapped with Bush, former US Sen.
His remains will arrive in Washington on Monday, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday.
The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush's casket.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Wednesday has been designated as a national day of mourning, and that the White House flags have already been lowered to half staff to honor Bush.
Whenever a president dies, all current and living presidents typically attend the funeral, as well as their partners.
Sully is a highly trained service dog that began working with Bush over the summer, just a few months after the 41st president's wife Barbara Bush died in April. "When the rule of law needed defending in the Persian Gulf, he kept us on course". The number is a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.
In much the same way, Bush Senior's defeat by Bill Clinton in the "it's the economy, stupid" election of 1992 has gone down in history as the necessary downfall of a detached oligarch at the hands of a sax-happy Baby Boomer.
His ceremony, overseen by reverend Patrick J Conroy, was attended by leading Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who spoke in praise of Mr Bush.
Harry's son, John Steele says his father has fond memories of the former president.