President H.W. Bush to lie in state in Washington, D.C.

George HW Bush Remembered Locally

Mourners pay their respects at the casket of former US President George H.W. Bush as it lies in state inside the US Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, December 4, 2018.

Before a grieving Bush family, members of Bush's cabinet, fellow lawmakers and supreme court justices honoured the 41st president as his flag-draped casket entered the soaring Capitol Rotunda for the first official ceremony.

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late on Friday at his home in Houston.

Sully, who had been in the former President's service since early this year, was assigned to him in his last days in a wheelchair. First the couple stood for a few moments before the casket with their eyes closed, according to the Associated Press. They exited the rotunda with little fanfare.

"It was gracious of him to call", Bush said of Trump, his former rival.

Trump has not always uttered kind words about the Bush family.

He had been the oldest living president and vice president in USA history.

Michelle Obama is canceling two book tour dates to attend President George H.W. Bush's funeral.

Dole helped shepherd The Americans with Disabilities Act through Congress, which Bush signed as president.

A longtime Republican leader, Bush served two terms as vice president under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989 before being elected as president in the 1988 election against Democrat Mike Dukakis. "He kept us flying high and challenged us to fly higher still".

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The younger Bush wrote on Instagram, "As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41".

Trump tweeted of the funeral ceremonies, which opened in Texas and came to Washington on Monday, with Bush lying in state at the Capitol until the Washington National Cathedral service.

In an invocation opening Monday evening's ceremony, the U.S. House chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J Conroy, praised Bush's commitment to public service, from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice president and then president.

Sully is understandably upset by the death of his longtime friend, but he is glad to have served the 41st president for almost six months.

Late president George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, in front of his casket.

Bill Clinton will be among the living U.S. presidents to attend, along with dozens of foreign leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel.

George W Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

In a eulogy, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: "Here lies a great man", adding that "no-one better harmonised the joy of life and the duty of life".

Bush's political locus was foreign policy and America's place in the world, and he claimed successes including navigating the end of the Cold War and marshalling a global coalition to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

But he was dogged by domestic problems, including a sluggish economy.

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