Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor
07 December, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Miranda Cannon
"To us, his was the brightest of 1,000 points of light", George W. Bush said, using the same campaign motto Trump ridiculed several months ago during a speech.
Mr Bush senior, who served as the 41st United States president between 1989 and 1993, died on Friday at the age of 94. Bush did not vote for him, and George W. Bush chose none of the above.
Thursday morning eulogies were given by those close to Bush senior, including one from former Secretary of State James Baker, and the president's grandson, George P. Bush. "They will really be watching President Bush, but Navasota will be seen across the world". But he did not greet the other two former Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, sharing the front pew, or their spouses, including Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 election opponent.
Thursday's ceremony was final public farewell to the 41st president. REUTERS/Jim Young A military honor guard bears the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush to a waiting hearse as it departs the U.S. Capitol enroute to the National Cathedral for funeral services, Washington, U.S., December 5, 2018.
"He was a man of great civility, a great patriot and a true friend of Canada", Scott Brison said on Twitter. Lacking a snub from which to pivot, Trump did the only thing he could do as a member of the now-five-member living president's club: He issued an appropriate official statement on Bush's passing, largely steered clear of the week's Bush remembrances and showed up for the funeral at which he had no speaking role.
The body of Mr Bush, which had been lying in state at the US Capitol, was moved to the National Cathedral for the funeral.
Brian Mulroney, Progressive Conservative prime minister from 1984 to 1993, said that Bush asked him to speak about three years ago. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Carter was seated silently next to Hillary Clinton in the cavernous cathedral.
The congregation, filled with foreign leaders and diplomats, Americans of high office and others touched by Bush's life, rose for the arrival of the casket, accompanied by clergy of faiths from around the world.
When he sat down, he reached over and shook the hands of the Obamas.
Trump ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning. "I want to say that I don't think I would shake hands with them". He also suggested that when Bush died, he would meet his wife of 73 years, Barbara, in heaven and she would playfully demand "What took you so long?"
At a time of extraordinary and deep political fissures, Bush was looked to this week as a gracious servant of country who aimed to bridge the political divide.
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Jim McGrath , spokesman for the Bush family, tweeted out a photo on Sunday night, captioning it "mission complete". Bush's funeral in Washington, D.C. will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.
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