Carter was seated silently next to Hillary Clinton in the cavernous cathedral. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival. Trump ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning.
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Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days. As at notable moments in his life, Bush brought together Republicans and Democrats in his death, and not only the VIPs. Members of the public who never voted for the man waited in the same long lines as the rest, attesting that Bush possessed the dignity and grace that deserved to be remembered by their presence on a cold overcast day in the capital. Service dogs are trained to do that. Clinton did so for Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush eulogized Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.
Former president George W. Bush touches the casket of his father, former president George H. Bush carried by a joint services military honor guard down the steps of the US Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. Jeb Bush, left, reaches out to his brother, former President George W. Bush, right, as they arrive to watch the casket of former President George H.
Bush arrive at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. Bush walks with his father, former President George H. He said he took comfort in knowing "Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom's hand again. The family occupied the White House for a dozen years -- the 41st president defeated after one term, the 43rd serving two. Jeb Bush stepped up to try to extend that run but fell short when Trump won the Republican primaries.
The elder Bush was "the last great-soldier statesman," historian Jon Meacham said in his eulogy, "our shield" in dangerous times. But he took a lighter tone, too, noting that Bush, campaigning in a crowd in a department store, once shook hands with a mannequin.
Latest The Next Merkel? Ovechkin scores, has shootout winner as Caps beat Sabres Washington Capitals. In their row together, Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton stood with their spouses and all placed their hands over their hearts. Waiting for his arrival inside, Trump shook hands with Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who greeted him by saying "Good morning. We ask that charity guide your words. John Kerry and help women and young girls.
Rather than flushing in embarrassment, he simply quipped, "Never know. Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said the key to doing an impersonation of Bush was "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne. None of that would be a surprise to Bush. Meacham had read his eulogy to him, said Bush spokesman Jim McGrath, and Bush responded to it with the crack: The congregation at the cathedral, 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.
In their row together, Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton stood with their spouses and all placed their hands over their hearts. Simpson regaled the congregation with stories from his years as Bush's friend in Washington. More seriously, he recalled that when he went through a rough patch in the political game, Bush conspicuously stood by him against the advice of aides. Simpson said Bush "loved a good joke -- the richer the better. And he threw his head back and gave that great laugh, but he never, ever could remember a punchline.
And I mean never. Bush turned the humour back on the acerbic ex-senator, saying of the late president: Meacham praised Bush's call to volunteerism, placing his "1, points of light" alongside Abraham Lincoln's call to honour "the better angels of our nature" in the American rhetorical canon. Meacham called those lines "companion verses in America's national hymn. Trump had mocked "1, points of light" last summer at a rally, saying: Has anyone ever figured that one out?
And it was put out by a Republican, wasn't it? With Trump, a bitter NAFTA critic, seated in the front row, Mulroney hailed the "largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world. Earlier, a military band played "Hail to the Chief" as Bush's casket was carried down the steps of the U. Capitol, where he had lain in state. Family members looked on as servicemen fired off a cannon salute.
His hearse was then driven in a motorcade to the cathedral ceremony, slowing in front of the White House, the route lined with people much of the way, bundled in winter hats and taking photos. Waiting for his arrival inside, Trump shook hands with Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who greeted him by saying "Good morning.
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Obama smiled and chatted as music played. Carter was seated silently next to Hillary Clinton in the cavernous cathedral.
Obama cracked up laughing at someone's quip. Vice-President Mike Pence shook Carter's hand. Trump tweeted Wednesday that the day marked "a celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. Bush's death makes Carter, also 94 but more than days younger, the oldest living ex-president.
Following the cathedral service, the hearse and its long motorcade drove to the National Mall to pass by the World War II Memorial, a nod to the late president's service as a World War II Navy pilot, then transferred his remains at Joint Base Andrews for the flight home to Texas with members of his family. Bush is set to lie in repose at St.
Martin's Episcopal Church before boarding a special funeral train to be carried to his burial Thursday.
On Tuesday, soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the Capitol Rotunda to view Bush's casket and honour a president whose legacy included a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival.
Trump ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.