How AP photographed George HW Bush lying in state

Sergio Cunningham
December 6, 2018

Dignitaries and members of the public have been lining up to pay their respects at Bush's casket in the Rotunda, open until Wednesday's funeral.

Sully, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, came into the 41st president's life following the death of former first lady Barbara Bush earlier this year.

Trump and his wife joined mourners at the Capitol Rotunda Monday night. Her Majesty had a special bond with the former president as she was the first British monarch to visit his home state of Texas in 1991. He said that Bush embodied some of the nation's best values, "temperate" in thought, word and deed, "our nation's very best one-term president".

James Baker, who was Bush's secretary of state, campaign manager and confidant of several decades, delivered a eulogy, remembering his longtime friend as having "had the courage of a warrior but the greater courage of a peacemaker".

George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, is continuing to mourn the former president's death.

The USPS will, however, continued to "provide limited package delivery service on that day" to ensure that Christmas deliveries are minimally compromised.

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"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul".

Country music's Oak Ridge Boys, among the president's favourites, sang "Amazing Grace" and Reba McEntire offered "The Lord's Prayer" as three days of official ceremonies in Washington gave way to more personal touches for the Bush in Texas. Here's more on just how well the Prince of Wales actually knew George H.W. Bush.

Soon after he reached the height of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, with public approval ratings that are the envy of today's politicians, the U.S. economy began to sour and voters began to believe that Mr Bush, never a great communicator - something even he acknowledged - was out of touch with ordinary people. Sitting next to the Clintons was fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. The late President Bush called Trump a "blowhard".

Bush took a moment to slip another candy to ex-FLOTUS Michelle Obama during the funeral of his father and 41st POTUS George H.W. Bush.

There will be a 21-gun cannon salute after the Lord's Prayer is recited. Bush, 94, died Friday.

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