Solemn public pays tribute as Bush lies in state in Rotunda

05 December, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Bruce West
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When former President George H.W. Bush is laid to rest his funeral will be attended by living USA presidents as well as other D.C. politicians, dignitaries, and a member of Britain's royal family.

An aide helped Dole, 95, who arrived in a wheelchair, to his feet and Dole, once standing, saluted. The coffin of late former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was flown to Washington D.C. on Monday as the nation is paying tribute to him and his legacy.

Bush introduced Sully in June by releasing a photo of himself sitting with the yellow Labrador and a special guest, former president Bill Clinton.

Former Senator Bob Dole (L) and former President George H.W. Bush watch from the audience on night two of the Republican National Convention August 31, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Bush's Instagram account. She was invited to the White House by first lady Melania Trump.

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Following the service in Washington, Bush will be flown to Houston Wednesday to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot behind the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

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At the services held at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, the golden retriever named Sully, after pilot Sully Sullenberger, stood by his former owner's casket for one last time. The service will take place tomorrow at The National Cathedral in Washington. His buddy for the event was former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, who served under George W. Bush.

Democrats and Republicans remain locked in a standoff over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall that could trigger a partial government shutdown in the coming days and Washington is still reeling from a divisive midterm campaign season where the leaders of both parties were targets and Trump frequently went on the attack on the campaign trail. Many banks and other businesses also will shut down, and government buildings are flying flags at half-staff until December 30.

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