Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

The caretaker who answered the phone at the time told Bush his father had been silent most of the day, though he noted George H.W. Bush would likely be able to hear him if he spoke up.

Five U.S. presidents attended the state funeral of former president George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. Bush did not vote for him, and George W. Bush chose none of the above.

George P. Bush, the former president's grandson and the only member of the political dynasty still holding elected office, as Texas land commissioner, subsequently struck a more personal tone with the man he and the younger generations called "gampy".

"President Bush and I, we are forever seatmates because of protocol, and that's how we sit at all the official functions", Obama said about her relationship with the former president.

Trump in turn has been effusive in his praise of Bush since his death Friday, and paid respects Monday night at the U.S. Capitol, where the 41st president is lying in state.

The national funeral service capped three days of remembrance in Washington before Bush's remains return to Texas on Wednesday for burial Thursday. "It wasn't even amusing", said Simpson, whose eulogy provided a healthy dose of comic relief. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.

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"Through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could ask", Bush said. "To be able to get through the eulogy without breaking down is something else that he's working on", Barbara Bush said.

Cuomo and Lemon reflected on the funeral and how Trump shook hands with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, prompting Lemon to criticize Trump in saying, "You don't have to show respect for that kind of person".

The flag-draped casket of former US President George H.W. Bush arrives carried by a military honor guard during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral on December 5, 2018, in Washington, DC.

The congregation, filled with foreign leaders and diplomats, Americans of high office and others touched by Bush's life, rose for the arrival of the casket, accompanied by clergy of faiths from around the world. "Come here, Don", he said, before his producer reached out to shake hands, just to have Lemon turn and stare him down but never greet him.

None of that means, however, that Jeb Bush and President Trump's differences have been resolved. A national funeral service for Bush was held Wednesday in Washington.

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