Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

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

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole has saluted President George H.W. Bush at the casket of the late president. Alan Simpson, who became a close friend to Bush, and presidential historian Jon Meacham, the late president's biographer.

Maine Governor Paul R. LePage called President Bush "Maine's president" in an order closing executive departments in the state, where the Bush family has a summer home.

Although President Donald Trump will attend Bush's national funeral service Wednesday, he is not among the eulogists announced by the Bush family, a list that includes George W. Bush.

Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS
Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush watch as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2018. On Tuesday, Sully - who's named after pilot Sully Sullenberger - sat alongside Bush's casket as it lay in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

And Bush the father was nothing compared to the son - who lied us into war, embraced torture and police-state-level surveillance and, although he may not have lied about everything, lied about pretty much all the big things.

Presidents are traditionally asked to eulogize presidents who have died - and in past state events like this, that has been the case - but the Bush family is unlike any other and has another president in the family who will fill that role.


With Bush's casket atop the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral, dignitaries came forward Monday to honor the Texan whose efforts for his country extended three quarters of a century from World War II through his final years as an advocate for volunteerism and relief for people displaced by natural disaster.

Jim McGrath, spokesman for the Bush family, tweeted a photo on Sunday night, captioning it "mission complete".

All USPS facilities will also fly a flag at half-staff through December 30 in honor of Bush.


On Thursday morning, a private funeral ceremony will be held at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church, which Bush and his wife regularly attended. Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

Mourners lined up to enter the Capitol beginning Monday evening for the public viewing.

He said Bush was the first president he ever voted for and was "the first president to teach me and many of us that in a democracy sometimes you fall short", and how you handle that, "is just as important as how you win".


Trump also appeared to take a direct swipe at Bush by alluding to a phrase Bush coined during his acceptance speech in 1988 at the Republican National Convention. Bill Clinton had delivered a eulogy for Richard Nixon before that in 1994.

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