Federal offices to close for national day of mourning

Federal offices to close for national day of mourning

They were joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who led the U.S. military during the 1991 Gulf War, as well as USA generals from that campaign against Iraq.

Bush greeted former and current presidents and their wives on the bench with handshakes before having this heartwarming exchange with Michelle, who couldn't help but chuckle as she was handed the mint.

Dole, 95, once faced Bush during the 1988 Republican primary fight for the presidential nomination but nonetheless maintained a decades-old friendship with the former president.

Along with Donald Trump and Melania Trump, former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were seated in the first row of the Washington National Cathedral along with their spouses when Bush, the 43rd president took a moment to shake each of their hands.

"The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!" Trump wrote in a tweet of the Bush memorial events.

The dog sat before Bush's casket for several moments with a handler before lying down near other mourners.

Vice President Mike Pence said "President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation". The Bushes are staying there.

Federal offices to close for national day of mourning
Federal offices to close for national day of mourning

The CIA, too, honoured Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing.

President Donald Trump did not attend, but he and first lady Melania Trump came to the Capitol later on Monday to pay tribute.

But he was dogged by domestic problems, including a sluggish economy.

George W. Bush greeted Melania Trump with a kiss outside Blair House.

At 12:30, his body will be taken from the National Cathedral to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to be flown back to Ellington Field in Houston where final ceremonies will take place at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before his internment at his presidential library in College Park, Texas.

"His character speaks most, because of his character, how he handled so many important points in our history".

"I'm just here to pay my respects", said Jane Hernandez, a retired physician.

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