Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

George H.W. Bush lies in state at U.S. Capitol

Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, is honored: 'Mission complete'
Becky Salazar | 05 December, 2018, 03:21

Before a grieving Bush family and with hands on hearts, members of Bush's Cabinet, lawmakers, the vice president and Supreme Court justices honoured the 41st president as his flag-draped casket entered the soaring Capitol Rotunda for the first official ceremony.

Pelosi, who is vying to become House speaker when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in the new Congress, stood next to Kevin McCarthy, who will serve as the House Republican leader in the next Congress, as lawmakers filed in at the start of the event and the two could be seen speaking to one another.

Trump also did not attend the funeral in August of another Republican giant, former senator John McCain.

Americans began to get a chance to pay their respects in person Monday to former President George H.W. Bush, whose body was brought to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state, joining just 31 other heroes so honored.

"Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush", Trump tweeted Monday morning. Their presence was to commemorate Bush's signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 law that, among its many provisions, required businesses that prohibit pets to give access to service dogs.

The military honor guard hefted his casket up the East Front steps and into the Rotunda - the same room he strolled as a congressman in the late 1960s, and which he later strode through in 1989, after taking the presidential oath of office on the Capitol's West Front steps. "I don't blame him for taking respite on my comfy bed." said America's VetDogs Service Dog Program Manager Valerie.

Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush
'Mission complete': Sully the service dog to accompany Bush one last time

An 11 a.m. state funeral for the former president will be held at the Washington National Cathedral that day.

In an invocation opening Monday evening's ceremony, the U.S. House chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J Conroy, praised Bush's commitment to public service, from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice president and then president.

"I have to imagine he was thinking, 'how much longer do I have to stand here?'" CNN panelist Jeffrey Engel said.

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. He will be buried alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April.

Wednesday is a national day of mourning for the 41st president.

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