George W Bush says he called dad 'wonderful'

George W Bush says he called dad 'wonderful'

The atmosphere at the funeral of George H.W. Bush on Wednesday was noticeably chilly as the current president had a rare meeting with his predecessors.

Marshall Bush took to the podium first in the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, her grandfather's flag-draped casket lying at the front of the church.

Bush, the 41st United States president, occupied the White House from 1989 to 1993, navigating the collapse of the Soviet Union and expelling former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces from oil-rich Kuwait.

Bush will be buried Thursday at his presidential library in Texas, near his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.

Calling Bush a "charter member of the Greatest Generation", Baker said Bush was the "nation's best one-term president".

Trump sat Wednesday with his wife, a trio of ex-presidents and their wives, several of them sharp critics of his presidency and one of them, Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic foe.

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The country's five living presidents - Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Bush's son George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump - were attending the service at Washington National Cathedral, the Neo-Gothic spiritual centerpoint of the USA capital.

Bush predicted that history will remember his father as a great president, who "showed me what it means to be a president who leads with integrity". A State Funeral was also held for the politician at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited with Bush and Laura Bush at the White House on Tuesday, and later went to Blair House, across the street, later in the day. "He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism".

He was seen good-naturedly greeting Bill Clinton as he took his seat. "Come here, Don", he said, before his producer reached out to shake hands, just to have Lemon turn and stare him down but never greet him.

Trump, no fan of the Bush family, has mocked "points of light" at recent campaign rallies, preferring his own protectionist philosophy of "America first". Many federal offices are closed along with Wall Street stock markets.

George H.W. Bush, a Republican who served as president from 1989 to 1993, died on December 1 at age 94.

"I was struck then by his graciousness, his interest in and enthusiasm for Canada - but he was just an extraordinarily gracious person", Brison said.

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