The nation honors George H.W. Bush

Aaron Brown
December 6, 2018

Facing the nation for the first time as its president, George H.W. Bush vowed to lead with humility, moral principle and a spirit of unity.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., remembered volunteering for Bush's 1988 presidential campaign, including handing out literature at ballgames and at '"the Rock County 4-H fair". He was president from 1989 to 1993.

The plans for Bush's funeral were all put into place before Trump was ever elected, sources tell CNN. When former President Bill Clinton visited Bush in early 2018, the former presidential race opponents got chuckles thanks to Bush's selection of socks emblazoned with Clinton's face.

Bush's casket will be on public view until Wednesday morning, when it will be taken to the National Cathedral. Former President Jimmy Carter also will be there. Postal Service said it will suspend regular mail delivery Wednesday out of respect for Bush.

Bush will then lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where first lady Barbara Bush's funeral was held in April.

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In Washington, Bush will lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol from Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. EST.

A long motorcade accompanied the hearse carrying Bush's remains from a Houston funeral home to nearby Ellington Field for the trip to the nation's capital on an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One. He said it was going to be a tough week and he looked forward to it being over. "He really does. He was a very special person". An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, to be attended by President Donald Trump and other dignitaries.

The burial ceremony will not be open to the public. The former President, who suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease late in life, had used a wheelchair since 2012.

Bush's personal relationship with his Secret Service details will also be on full display throughout the week of events. He was denied a second term by Clinton, who would later become a close friend. "And the contrast between George H.W. Bush and the current president could not be more stark".

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