Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

George H.W. Bush lies in state in Washington

George H.W. Bush lies in state in Washington

Sully was provided to Bush by America's VetDogs, a group which pairs service and therapy dogs with people with physical limitations like blindness, or those who suffer from effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The body of George HW Bush has returned to Washington for a final time, where it will lie in state at the Capitol as the U.S. pays tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of service that began in the Navy during World War II and included four years as the country's leader.

A funeral service has been planned for Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.

His coffin had earlier left Texas to a 21-gun salute and was carried to Washington on board Air Force One - temporarily renamed Special Air Mission 41 in homage to the late president.

Mr Bush's casket arrived in Washington on Monday afternoon aboard the United States military plane.

The public are permitted to pay their respects in the Capitol from late Monday until Wednesday.

The casket will then be transported to the cathedral for the funeral service - the fourth there of a former president. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to attend. US bond and options markets were also due to be closed, with energy and foreign exchange markets expected to remain open. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney told Politico he will deliver one of several eulogies at the service, at Bush's request.

On Thursday, Bush's remains will be flown back to Houston for a funeral at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS
Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS

Bush will be laid to rest following the funeral at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Retired Gen Colin Powell, who as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was Bush's top military adviser, said Bush was the "perfect American" and should be remembered for "a life of quality, a life of honor, a life of honesty, a life of total concern for the American people". News of his death, however, was slow to spread across the country due to limited communication and travel at the time. That partnership eventually took Baker to a career as secretary of state and secretary of the Treasury - and Bush to the White House.

It was not the most memorable phrase of the former navy pilot's speech; unfortunately for Mr Bush that proved to be the pledge "read my lips: no new taxes" which hobbled his re-election chances against Bill Clinton four years later.

He says his father spent time on the river guiding Bush.

But by Friday "he began to go downhill".

"And I would want to encourage moms to look at what good leaders are and to never lose hope that they can't raise their children with good morals and integrity".

"We'd play one of those very quick rounds, 18 holes in probably under two and a half hours", Woods said.

"A lovely day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President", he wrote, in reference to the aviation code phrase for a desirable situation, one used by Bush's family and friends to spread the news of his death.

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