Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Post office, other federal offices closed for Bush funeral services

Post office, other federal offices closed for Bush funeral services

Retired U.S. Sen. Bob Dole was among those who paid their respects to former President George H.W. Bush Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Bush achieved the office that Dole sought in 1996 as the Republican presidential nominee.

Mourners laughed as Baker recalled how Bush would let him know a conversation was over: "Baker, if you're so smart, why am I president and you're not?" Allen tells The Tennessean newspaper the band did an impromptu performance for Bush at the White House when Bush was vice president and that began a decades-long friendship.

Although President Trump will attend Bush's national funeral service Wednesday, he is not among the eulogists announced by the Bush family, a list that includes George W. Bush. Bush died last April and Robin died from leukemia at just four years old.

Thursday's flavour was distinctly Texas.

It features a photograph of Sully laying down in front of Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 presidential race.

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning for Bush.

One of Mr Bush's major achievements was assembling the worldwide military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbour Iraq in 1991, lasting only 100 hours.

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There were rousing renditions of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Onward Christian Soldiers", but also many of Bush's country favourites.

Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys says Bush had personally requested that the group sing "Amazing Grace" at his funeral. "He was not." They then sang "Amazing Grace" and Reba McEntire offered a musical version of "The Lord's Prayer".

Prominent Russiagate reporter and Twitter personality Ed Krassenstein, tweeted that Bush's funeral was "a reminder that Republicans are mostly good people".

The service began at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where Bush worshipped for more than 50 years, with more than 1,000 attendees singing "America the attractive".

Bush's grandson George P. Bush will give the other eulogy.

"He was ready for heaven and heaven was ready for him", Levenson said of Bush's declining in health in recent years.

Dozens of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda, in Washington, to pay their respects to the late George HW Bush.

As a specially-trained service dog, Sully was able to assist Bush, who was suffering from Parkinson's in his later years, by opening doors and being able to get help, should the former president have needed it.

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