Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Washington establishment pays respects to George H.W. Bush

Washington establishment pays respects to George H.W. Bush

Barbara Bush passed away on April 17, 2018, at age 92.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, praised Bush as a "great patriot".

Vice President Pence and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell also spoke.

With the first lady at his side, Trump saluted, and they stood at Bush's casket for about a minute. W Bush's service dog Sully guarding his casket has warmed hearts online.

He says his father spent time on the river guiding Bush. Other Bush family members are expected to be at the Maryland military base for the arrival.

Dole than sat in his wheelchair for a few moments, blinking back tears, as he stared at the flag-draped coffin containing the remains of his fellow member of the Greatest Generation.

A statue of former United States president George H.W. Bush with flowers stands near downtown in Houston on Suday. Despite the fact that Trump's rise to power included lambasting past presidents, including both Bushes, the President has responded to Bush's death with repeated laudatory comments.

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.

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"He was just a high-quality man who truly loved his family", Trump said Saturday while in Argentina.

Remembrances to George and Barbara Bush sprang up in the neighbourhood where he made his home, at a memorial to President Bush at a city park and at the airport named in his honour.

"He was so qualified, and I think he was just a decent man", said Sharon Terry, touring Washington with friends from an Indianapolis garden club.

President from 1989 to 1993, Mr Bush died on Friday at the age of 94. The president will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning.

A tribute website for Bush has been set up on which funeral details will be posted.

One of Bush's major achievements was assembling the worldwide military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbor Iraq in 1991. He said he felt a connection with the president because Bush had also served in the military. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

The president, while releasing funds for treatment and creating disability legislation that forbade discrimination against those living with the disease, was widely criticised for telling those at risk of AIDS to "change their behaviour".

Bush's aircraft was shot down in 1944 over the Pacific. He had joined the Navy when he turned 18. "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.

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