No regular mail service Wednesday, markets to close in honor of Bush
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 06, 2018,
Dec 06, 2018, 1:06
Former President George H.W. Bush will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, along with a mix of family and friends on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, the most high-profile event in a week of proceedings that will remember the remarkable life of the president who died on Friday at 94. The photo was shared on George W. Bush's Instagram page.
Citing the former president's death, the White House also postponed a planned press conference in Buenos Aires on Saturday, promising to instead hold one in Washington at a later date. Turner tweeted that those in attendance should 'wear their own colorful socks'.
With hands on hearts, members of Bush's cabinet, lawmakers and Supreme Court justices honoured the 41st president as his flag-draped casket entered the Capitol Rotunda.
Sully will reportedly be traveling with the former President's casket on his flight to Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Bush will then be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal church before burial on Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three. Despite the fact that Trump's rise to power included lambasting past presidents, including both Bushes, the President has responded to Bush's death with repeated laudatory comments.
The touching image of the dog staying by the former United States leader's side has been widely shared, with the president's son Jeb tweeting "Sully has the watch".
Political analyst Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia said Bush's stature among the country's 45 presidents has grown in the quarter century since he left office.
The custom-painted unit incorporates the colors of the Air Force One used during Bush's years as president, from 1989 to 1992.
He said Bush's "quality of life had deteriorated a lot" in recent months, but that near the end he was able to talk by phone with his adult children, including former President George W. Bush. "Thank you for your service, Mr. President".
The entire campus, except for dining services, will be closed for the day.