Bob Dole Salutes President Bush One Last Time

Danny Woods
December 6, 2018

When former President George H.W. Bush is laid to rest his funeral will be attended by living US presidents as well as other D.C. politicians, dignitaries, and a member of Britain's royal family.

The Kansas Republican, 95, who like Bush was a decorated veteran from his service in World War II, was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996 against President Clinton. Once steadied, Mr Dole saluted.

Even though they were competitors in 1988 for the Republican presidential primaries, with Bush ultimately coming out on top, the two remained friendly through the years.

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died", the message read.

The public viewing of Bush's casket extends until early Wednesday when the casket will be transported to Washington National Cathedral for the state funeral.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were set to privately offer their condolences to Bush's son, former President George W. Bush, the country's 43rd president, former first lady Laura Bush and other Bush family members at Blair House, the presidential guest house across the street from the White House. And President Bush was a bipartisan president.

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. Among them was the former US President's prominent friend - Sully, his service dog.

Sully former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog is ushered to the Capitol Rotunda by Valerie Cramer to pay his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday Dec. 4 2018. (Manuel Balce Ceneta  The Asso

Some national parks may be closed or have limited services to visitors.

Maine Governor Paul R. LePage called President Bush "Maine's president" in an order closing executive departments in the state, where the Bush family has a summer home.

Cannon fire roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and the younger Mr Bush stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.

Commuters should expect traffic in downtown DC before and after his funeral.

Courts across Maryland will also be closed on Wednesday in honor of the former President.

Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

Bush's death also reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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