Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush

Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush

Michelle Obama has once called George Bush her "partner in crime" at every major event where all former resident of the White House gather to highlight the importance of their friendship for her.

They stood in front of the casket with their eyes closed for a few moments, before Mr Trump saluted the casket. They paused steps from Bush's casket for a minute, with Trump saluting and Melania Trump placing her hand over her heart, before they quietly walked away.

George W Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

Inside the Capitol, people in wheelchairs visited the coffin alongside Sully, the two-year-old Labrador retriever assigned to Mr Bush after his wife, Barbara, died in April.

The service at Washington National Cathedral included high praise and a hefty dose of humor about a man once described as a cross between Mister Rogers and John Wayne.

Before serving as president from 1989 to 1993, Bush was vice president under Ronald Reagan.

They were joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who led the U.S. military during the 1991 Gulf War, as well as USA generals from that campaign against Iraq.

The flag-draped casket of former president George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard, December 5, 2018, at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", visitor Marge Frazier said.

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Bush, the 41st US president, died last week in Texas at age 94.

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Another photo shared Monday showed Sully with Bush family members before the president's casket was taken to Ellington Air Force Base.

Nor did the shooting down of an Iranian passenger jet by the USS Vincennes in 1988, after which the "irreducibly nice" Bush declared that he would "never apologize for the United States of America, ever - I don't care what the facts are".

The account - with 123,000 followers - has playfully chronicled Sully's time with Bush at Walker's Point, location of the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

A humble hero of World War II, Mr Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island. He was then presented to the 41st president shortly after the death of his wife, Barbara.

The First Couple was not accompanied by congressional leaders. He was a familiar presence in Washington: a congressman in the late 1960s, then Central Intelligence Agency director, envoy to China and Republican Party chairman.

On Thursday, that same 4,300-horsepower machine will carry Bush's casket, along with relatives and close friends, for around 113 kilometres.

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