Sunday, 16 December, 2018

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

Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's Casket Post Office, Stock Market Among Closures for Tomorrow's Holiday Honoring Former President Bush
Charles Bowen | 06 December, 2018, 21:44

He was also a U.S. congressman from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, head of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a decorated World War II Navy pilot who flew 58 missions in the Pacific.

Dozens of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda, in Washington, to pay their respects to the late George HW Bush.

"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul".

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, his casket will be taken to the National Cathedral for a funeral.

The Episcopal service will include four eulogies, from Bush's son, the former president, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan Simpson and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Evan Meacham, who wrote a biography of Bush.

Bush, who died Friday at age 94, was president from 1989 to 1993.

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning for Bush. He was the last veteran to serve as president.

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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.

He arrived in the Capitol rotunda in a wheelchair pushed by an aide. "We spent a week there working with President Bush's team", Hibbard said.

Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

Training service dogs like Sully requires multiple months of classes spread over 10 acres in Smithtown. "The Bush family's active participation in the Kennebunkport community has touched many lives".

A humble hero of World War II, Mr Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island.

But the two men forged a working relationship. 'I was proud to be his leader in the Senate because I liked what he stood for.

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