It's been an emotional time for friends and family of George H.W. Bush.
The fourth living former president, George W Bush, accompanied the hearse with his four living siblings and their partners, from the US Capitol where his father laid in state yesterday.
They were fellow World War II veterans, Republican Party leaders, fierce rivals for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination won by Bush ("Stop lying about my record", Dole snapped at Bush) and skilled negotiators. Bush also mentioned some of his father's close friends, including former President Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 election.
At a ceremony full of pomp but also peppered with laughter, the capital's current political feuds were briefly set aside in honor of the late president, a naval aviator who survived being shot down by Japanese forces over the Pacific Ocean in World War Two, and a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War.
"This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life". REUTERS/Joshua Roberts A military honor guard carries the remains of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush upon arrival at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, U.S., December 5, 2018.
"To us", the younger Bush said, "he was close to ideal".
President H.W. Bush to lie in state in Washington, D.C.
The dog, " Sully ", a specially trained Golden Labrador Retriever, is seen next to the 41st president's flag-draped coffin. He will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.
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After three days of remembrance in the capital city, the Air Force plane with Bush's casket left for a final service in Houston and burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The cathedral in northwest Washington is where the elder Bush comforted his son at a memorial service in the aftermath of 9/11, one of many national events that have been held in the gothic revival space.
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None of that means, however, that Jeb Bush and President Trump's differences have been resolved. He passed through a mostly shut-down city where he arrived first as a congressman and later served as a United Nations ambassador, Central Intelligence Agency director, vice president and, finally, as commander in chief.
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