Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2018

Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, said Saturday that his former political foe's legacy was his effort to help end the Cold War. The current president gave Bush, a decorated WWII naval aviator who flew several combat missions, a brief salute before the first couple left the Capitol. A funeral service is set for Wednesday at the National Cathedral. "He was able to demonstrate that in his four years of service", Powell said on ABC's This Week.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on November 30, and President Donald Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a National Day of Mourning. "So he was a terrific guy and he'll be missed".

The speakers at this event will include his son, former President George W. Bush, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan Simpson, R-Wyoming, and presidential biographer Jon Meacham, who also eulogized Barbara Bush.

Bush will be interred next to his wife and daughter Robin at 4:15 p.m. US traders also observed a moment of silence before markets opened on Monday in honor of Bush.

"To be honest, at one point in history, ' he said, "it would not have been exceptional to have a president who obeyed and appreciated the norms of the American system and of the presidency, who was civil, who was kind to people and who rose above petty squabbles". The casket will return to Texas for a funeral Thursday afternoon at his presidential library in College Station.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at 94.

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A humble hero of World War II, Bush was 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over Japan.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged a 73-year union that was the longest presidential marriage in US history until her death.

After moving to Texas to work in the oil business, Bush turned his attention to politics in the 1960s. 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. "Bush of course was defeated for re-election and most people at the time considered him a failed president" because of a recession during his time in the White House.

He was denied a second term by then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who would later become a close friend.

Baker said the elder Bush's last words were, "I love you, too", spoken to the younger President Bush, the country's 43rd president.

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

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