Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Trump salutes Bush's casket in Capitol Rotunda

Bush pose for a portrait ABC News Marshall and Ashley Bush pose for a portrait
Kenny Thornton | 04 December, 2018, 20:43

However, Pence told those assembled to pay their respects to Bush in the Capitol rotunda that not too much later, his son received a package from his fellow military man. His body will lie in state until Wednesday morning, when a state funeral will be held.

Side by side, Democratic and Republican leaders laid floral red, white and blue wreaths around the casket of Bush, the 32nd American and the 12th president to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Just look at that super cute tail wag.

Trump has ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

The queen released a statement honoring Bush over the weekend, calling the 41st president "a patriot, serving his country with honor and distinction in office and during the Second World War".

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.

At the Capitol and across the nation, flags fly at half-staff. The number is a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the first official to speak in the Rotunda, described George H.W. Bush as a "humble servant" and "a principled leader". Bush was appointed ambassador to the United Nations and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The war lasted just 100 hours.

Bush's aircraft was shot down in 1944 over the Pacific.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in USA history.

He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a degree in economics. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

Mr. Bush won the race to succeed former President Ronald Reagan by a landslide, steering the ship of state as the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union dissolved and the first Gulf War broke out.

"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?" he joked in 2005.

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