George Bush Sneaks Michelle Obama Candy at Father's Funeral

Calvin Saunders
December 7, 2018

Bush died Friday at age 94. Bush's Instagram account put it.

"The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!"

They were fellow World War II veterans, Republican Party leaders, fierce rivals for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination won by Bush ("Stop lying about my record", Dole snapped at Bush) and skilled negotiators.

Indeed, the funeral occurred at the same church where services were held in April for Barbara Bush, which was remembered for an emotional scene when the former president gazed from his wheelchair up at her casket, then shook hands with well-wishers. The Trumps visited Bush's casket Monday evening.

After Thursday's private services, the former president will be taken by a train, pulled by an engine commissioned in his honor, 120 kilometers north to the city of College Station for burial at his presidential library on the grounds of Texas A&M University.

Bush's service dog, a young Labrador retriever named "Sully", also walked past the casket and sat near it briefly.

CNN journalist Brenna Williams tweeted a GIF image of George Bush passing a piece of candy to Michelle Obama; a mirroring, she said, of their viral candy-passing moment which "warmed our hearts" at McCain's funeral a few months ago.

Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's Casket

At the coffin's side, an aide helped Mr Dole into a standing position.

"Sully is not a longtime Bush family pet, letting go of the only master he has known", writer Ruth Graham argued. "My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush's family and the American people".

The late Mr Bush called Mr Trump a "blowhard". Bush and family pose in front of George H.W. Bush's official portrait, which is draped with black cloth.

"Here lies a great man", said Paul Ryan, the Republican House speaker, and "a gentle soul ... his legacy is grace perfected".

Friends and family will celebrate his life during a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

As three former presidents and President Donald Trump looked on, former President George W. Bush eulogized his father as "the brightest of a thousand points of light". Alan Simpson and presidential historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham, none of whom are expected to critique Trump in their statements.

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