Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

George H.W. Bush lies in state in Washington

George H.W. Bush lies in state in Washington

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this hard time", said John Miller, President and CEO of America's VetDogs.

The organization said Sully will be joining Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's facility dog program following his service with the late president.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at 94. But he offered nothing but praise in the hours after the former president's death was announced.

Former United States President George H.W. Bush returns to Washington, D.C., Monday for the last time.

The 41st president's flag-draped casket was unloaded from Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, and honoured with a 21-gun salute and the solemn notes of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee".

Federal agencies were also shuttered to mark the deaths of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

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 honours guard.

Americans plan to honor the 41st USA president with a state funeral on Wednesday. Many former presidents and public officials are expected to attend the funeral, including President Donald Trump.

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"But now I think we can see in retrospect that he was actually quite successful", Sabato added, particularly in foreign affairs, as he helped shape the Western response to the demise of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney told Politico he will deliver one of several eulogies at the service, at Bush's request.

In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

Baker, who served Bush as secretary of state, joined others in paying warm tribute on Sunday television shows.

George HW Bush was a decorated fighter pilot in World War Two, a head of the Central Intelligence Agency and vice-president to Ronald Reagan before being elected president in 1988. "He knew it meant the death of people.He wanted to avoid a war".

Moreover, Sabato told VOA Bush benefits from a comparison with Trump's demeanor almost halfway through the current president's first term in the White House. "Over the last two years, deviancy has continued being defined down by this current president, his cronies, his supporters", said Brzezinski, back from her honeymoon with co-cost Joe Scarborough.

Still, when an aide told Bush his friend was visiting that day, "he perked up".

"We're going to heaven", Baker said.

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

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