Late former president Bush flown back to U.S. capital for final salute

05 December, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Cecil Davis
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President Donald Trump and George P. Bush's father, Jeb, engaged in a vitriolic primary rivalry during the 2016 campaign, and Trump has mocked and criticized the legacies of both Presidents Bush.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that all state government agencies and offices would be closed Wednesday in honor of Bush's "lifetime of service". She and her husband, Prince Philip, also visited Bush and his wife, Barbara, when their son was in the White House in 2007.

Trump's relations with the Republican establishment have been rocky since his insurgent campaign took him to the party's nomination and then a shock election win in 2016. "David Gergen just mentioned we need to give him credit for not tweeting out nasty things about President Bush".

Trump also did not attend the funeral in August of another Republican giant, former senator John McCain. So, the Bush family is staying in the home while they await the elder Bush's funeral at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday. "For now, Martha and I send our sincerest condolences to the Bush family and pray that President George H.W. Bush may rest in peace", said Carper.

At the services held at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, the golden retriever named Sully, after pilot Sully Sullenberger, stood by his former owner's casket for one last time.

"Above all, though, President George H.W. Bush was a good man who treated others with kindness and respect - regardless of their politics".

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Bush's death also reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

After the official ceremony, the public was allowed to pay its respects.

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Another person told the Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president'".

Bob Dole, 95, an advocate of that legislation and the former Senate majority leader from Kansas, came in a wheelchair to honor his fellow World War II veteran. Many banks and other businesses also will shut down, and government buildings are flying flags at half-staff until December 30.

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