Service dog accompanies late president Bush on final farewell

Marsha Scott
December 6, 2018

Bush is shown with his son George W. Bush, who would later become USA president, and wife Barbara Bush in Rye, N.Y., in 1955.

Bush's passing has led to an outpouring of remembrances for the humble and gentlemanly statesman, whose life and service was seen to stand in direct contrast to the vitriol and partisanship that has enveloped elected politics in recent years.

"It's pretty obvious as people look back, and as people are recollecting the Bush presidency, it looks a heck of a lot better than it did at the end of it", he said.

Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning when his casket will then be transported to the National Cathedral for the first of two funeral services for the former president.

Another of Mr Bush's sons, 43rd President George W Bush, wrote on Instagram: "As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that be brought to 41".

Citing the former president's death, the White House also postponed a planned press conference in Buenos Aires on Saturday, promising to instead hold one in Washington at a later date.

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After, he will lie in repose at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church before his remains are transferred via rail to the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University, where he ultimately will be buried. Bush was the nation's 41st president, hence the locomotive bears the number 4141.

He failed to win a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge. President Donald Trump, who ordered federal offices closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning, is to attend with first lady Melania Trump. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three.

His death also reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

George H.W. Bush. Thank you for your service sir.

A member of the military takes a photo as the sun rises behind Special Air Mission 41, the plane that will transfer the casket of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston.

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