Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

The Oak Ridge Boys performed at former President George H.W. Bush's funeral Thursday.

And Meacham said that late in his presidency, Bush's tongue ran amok when he said: "We are enjoying sluggish times, but we're not enjoying them very much". Bush observed that his father was always "in constant motion", though he was "never too busy to share his life with those around him".

"When the history books are written, they will say that George HW Bush was a great president of the United States".

However next to the Obamas was former president Bill Clinton who was accompanied by his wife Hilary who was Trump's opponent in the 2016 presidential election. In the days following his death, Bush has been remembered for his public and military service, volunteerism and personal character. Bush said of his father's style. He and his late wife were also parents to daughter Pauline Bush, who died of leukemia at the age of 3 in 1953. "In our grief, I just smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin, and holding mom's hand again", he said.

Brian Mulroney, Progressive Conservative prime minister from 1984 to 1993, said that Bush asked him to speak about three years ago.

Most federal government offices will be closed on Wednesday as many federal workers will get the day off. 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 the Gulf War technically ended in February of 1991, the USA war on Iraq would continue for decades, first in the form of devastating sanctions and then in the 2003 invasion launched by George W. Bush.

Bush "was America's last great soldier statesman", presidential historian Jon Meacham told the guests. His opponent Bill Clinton coasted to victory.

Chance of rain mixing with snow later today
Temperatures will be colder today than yesterday, with highs in the 30s and low 40s, and wind chills in the 20s and low 30s. There may be lulls at night while becoming steadier overnight and continuing into Sunday before exiting mid-late afternoon.

Bush is set to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before boarding a special funeral train to be carried to his burial Thursday.

"We tested his patience - I know I did", Bush laughed.

"It was at that point, President Bush said, 'Can I take this for a drive?'" Iden said.

He served as the 41st president of America after he had previously served as Vice President alongside Ronald Regan.

Trump's relationship with the Bush family has been tense.

Wednesday's state funeral was attended by all the living former presidents, their wives and President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. It's the first time all five men have convened face-to-face since Trump took office.

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