Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Bob Dole stands to salute George H. W. Bush at capitol memorial

Bob Dole stands to salute George H. W. Bush at capitol memorial

As the nation continues to mourn former President George H.W. Bush, a number of federal and state offices will be closed Wednesday.

"Here lies a great man", said Paul Ryan, the Republican House speaker, and "a gentle soul ... his legacy is grace perfected".

National flags flew at half-staff on many foreign diplomatic buildings on Washington's "Embassy Row", past which Bush's coffin will be transported on its way to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened a session of the Senate on Monday heralding the "daring" former naval aviator, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and president who won the Gulf War against the forces of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein.

Bush and Dole ran against each other in the 1988 Republican presidential primary in a bitter battle, where Dole famously told Bush: 'Stop lying about my record'.

Bush died Friday at age 94. Sully, Bush's service dog, came by, too.

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Trump and his wife joined mourners at the Capitol Rotunda Monday night.

Trump has often aimed political taunts at the Bush family, long a symbol of the traditional, more moderate wing of the U.S. Republican party that often is at odds with Trump's populist supporters.

On a chilly afternoon, former president George W. Bush, son of the deceased elder Bush, greeted Trump and the first lady, Melania, outside Blair House and took them inside for a private visit. "The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our family and fellow citizens".

"It was with sadness that I learned of the death of President George H W Bush last night", her statement read.

But the two men forged a working relationship. He flew 58 missions off aircraft carriers in World War Two and survived being shot down over the Pacific.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

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