George H.W. Bush lies in state in Washington

George H.W. Bush lies in state in Washington

The political dynasty, led by son and former President George W. Bush, accompanied the patriarch's body on the flight aboard the presidential plane from Texas to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, and then on a trip down Pennsylvania Avenue to the steps of the Capitol.

Bush will be laid to rest next to his wife Barbara at the George H.W. Bush Library Center in College Station, Texas this week, where he will be eulogised by former President George W. Bush.

He died in Texas, his home state, late Friday at the age of 94 after several years of failing health.

Bush will lie in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol from Monday evening Wednesday morning, under the watchful gaze of an around-the-clock honors guard. On Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the National Cathedral in Washington for an 11 a.m ET memorial service.

President Bush tweeted then that it was, "A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, 'Sully, ' a attractive - and beautifully trained - lab from @AmericasVetDogs". Bush's son and former president, George W. Bush, will deliver a tribute, while former first lady Laura Bush will offer a reading.

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On Thursday, Bush's remains will be flown back to Houston for a funeral at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. But, like any American politician, Bush also endured-and dished out-and the kind of vicious mockery that came with the profession long before the Donald's unhinged age.

"We need at this juncture in our history a certain sense of morality and a certain sense of dignity", George Herbert Walker Bush said when Richard Nixon, until 2016 the sinister emblem of presidential calumny, as least in Democrats' eyes, resigned in shame in 1974. The war lasted just 100 hours. "Bush of course was defeated for re-election and most people at the time considered him a failed president" because of a recession during his time in the White House.

State funerals are traditionally held for current or former presidents and other officials designated by the president. Bush was a pilot in the Navy who served in World War II. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chair of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice-president.

"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?" he joked in 2005. Just three months earlier, the honour was accorded to senator John McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee who died of brain cancer.

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