Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket

Geraldine Edwards
December 7, 2018

Before sunrise, people were waiting to pay their respects as an honour guard stood watch beside Mr Bush's casket in the cavernous Rotunda, which will be open until his state funeral on Wednesday (local time). "He had an enormous capacity to give of himself". Thousands of mourners lined the tracks for the 200-plus-mile journey.

George H.W. Bush is going to his final rest in Texas. He will lie in state until Wednesday, when funerary services will take place at the Washington National Cathedral.

Trump, the day before, spent 20 minutes visiting Bush family members, who were staying at Blair House, across the street from the White House. On Monday the publication posted an article titled, "Don't Spend Your Emotional Energy on Sully H.W. Bush", noting that the former politician had only had the dog since June.

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British TV presenter Piers Morgan was also saddened by Bush's passing, chiding Comedy Central's The Daily Show for posting a meme about the awkward meeting between Donald Trump and Barack Obama at "a great man's funeral".

Trump sat Wednesday with his wife, a trio of ex-presidents and their wives, several of them sharp critics of his presidency and one of them, Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic foe.

Fred Curry, one of the few African-Americans in line, is a registered Democrat from Hyattsville, Maryland, who voted for Bush in 1988, the election won by the one-term president.

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Granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of the 43rd president, reads scripture during Thursday's service.

Among the foreign dignitaries inside the cathedral were Britain's Prince Charles, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish President Andrzej Duda and former presidents of Estonia, Mexico and Portugal, as well as former prime ministers of Britain, Canada, Japan and Kuwait.

George W. Bush, who followed his father to the White House after President Bill Clinton's 2 terms, sat in a front pew near the flag-draped casket and joined in as some 1,000 mourners sang "America the lovely". She decorated a hallway in the East Wing with red Christmas Trees and tweaked the traditional gingerbread White House by adding replicas of the Lincoln and Washington monuments, the Jefferson Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, where Bush is lying in state.

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Roger Lou, 70, a retiree living in Flushing, the NY borough of Queens, said Bush is among the US presidents that are best known in China.

Bush, a US Navy aviator who narrowly escaped death when he was shot down by Japanese forces over the Pacific Ocean during World War Two, was honored with a 21-plane flyover in a "missing man" formation before he was carried to his gravesite for a private interment.

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.

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