George H.W. Bush, former United States president and 'Gampy,' mourned by family

George H.W. Bush, former United States president and 'Gampy,' mourned by family

George H.W. Bush, former United States president and 'Gampy,' mourned by family

Bob Dole, 95, an advocate of that legislation and the former Senate majority leader from Kansas, came in a wheelchair to honor his fellow World War II veteran.

Bush's son Jeb Bush expressed his appreciation for Dole's tribute on Twitter, writing, "Just incredible". Dole would go on to be the Republican presidential candidate in 1996, but would lose to former President Bill Clinton. His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died earlier this year.

The train is a Union Pacific Corp locomotive, numbered 4141 and bearing the name "George Bush 41" on the side that has been in service since 2005.

After services in Washington, Mr Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church, before burial at his family plot on the library grounds.

British TV presenter Piers Morgan was also saddened by Bush's passing, chiding Comedy Central's The Daily Show for posting a meme about the awkward meeting between Donald Trump and Barack Obama at "a great man's funeral".

"George H.W. Bush was America's last great soldier-statesman", presidential biographer Jon Meacham said in a eulogy.

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"I might have left Air Force One behind", Bush quipped during the 2005 unveiling of 4141, a blue and grey locomotive commissioned in honour of the 41st president and unveiled at Texas A&M University. The late President Bush called Trump a "blowhard".

Two days after Bush's death at age 94, family spokesman Jim McGrath posted a touching photograph of the yellow Labrador retriever lying down in front of Bush's casket, with the accompanying phrase "Mission Complete" and the hashtag #Remembering41.

According to a federal proclamation, multiple federal agencies will be closed Wednesday, including USPS. Bush's casket will depart for Joint Base Andrews and then return to Texas.

The former president smiled warmly, shook hands and hugged visitors and well-wishers.

Trump has often aimed political taunts at the Bush family, long a symbol of the traditional, more moderate wing of the U.S. Republican party that often is at odds with Trump's populist supporters.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in USA history.

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