Bush returns to Washington for final time

Bush returns to Washington for final time”

America's national farewell to George H.W. Bush began Monday as the 41st US president was placed in the US Capitol to lie in state.

Sent off from his beloved Texas with a 21-gun salute, his casket was carried to Andrews Air Force Base outside the capital city aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week, where Mr Bush - who was president from 1989 to 1993 - will lie in state in the US Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday until Wednesday.

President Donald Trump, who has in the past clashed with the Bush family, will attend the funeral with his wife Melania.

A funeral service has been planned for Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.

Many spoke of Bush's role in a bygone era of bipartisan civility in USA politics, a sharp contrast to today's bitter divisions in the age of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican.

The seven-time Mr Olympia and action star hero built up a long and lasting friendship with the United States president and the 71-year-old Austrian-born superstar pointed out that Bush helped revolutionise the fitness boom in the 1990s.

Baker said Bush's last words, in a phone conversation with son George W. Bush, were these: "I love you too".

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue. "So he was a terrific guy and he'll be missed".

According to Stars & Stripes, Bush's service dog, Sully, who has been with the former president since June, will now help wounded soldiers through the facility dog program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Sully the dog will be travelling with the casket on the flight from Texas to Washington DC on Monday.

'George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for, ' he continued.

Americans plan to honor the 41st US president with a state funeral on Wednesday. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

George HW Bush was a decorated fighter pilot in World War Two, a head of the Central Intelligence Agency and vice-president to Ronald Reagan before being elected president in 1988.

Bush and Bill Clinton smile as they leave the Oval Office in 2005. Jim Braude was joined by Kelly Anne Chase, co-author of 'George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story, ' a book about their seven decades of marriage, which she co-wrote with the couple's granddaughter.

Bush visits a tent camp for natural disaster survivors on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2006.

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