George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pays Respects To The Late President

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will be mourned on Thursday at the Houston church where he worshipped for many years, a final public farewell before his remains are taken by train to their resting place at his Texas presidential library.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was helped out of his wheelchair Tuesday afternoon to salute the American flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush. And as he was steadied, Dole raised his left arm and saluted.

Even though they were competitors in 1988 for the Republican presidential primaries, with Bush ultimately coming out on top, the two remained friendly through the years.

Bush died last week at the age of 94 at his home in Texas after years of failing health.

President Donald Trump had no speaking role during the Episcopalian service, a break from recent tradition and in accordance with George H.W. Bush's wishes.

Before sunrise, people were waiting to pay their respects as an honour guard stood watch beside Mr Bush's casket in the cavernous Rotunda, which will be open until his state funeral on Wednesday (local time).

The images come just days after Sully's Instagram account shared a photo of the visibly sad pup in front of Bush's casket. 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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said "here lies a great man, a gentle soul".

Bush's death reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Friends and family will celebrate his life during a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

George P. Bush, the former president's grandson and the only member of the political dynasty still holding elected office, as Texas land commissioner, subsequently struck a more personal tone in his eulogy of the man he and the younger generations called "gampy". He was then presented to the 41st president shortly after the death of his wife, Barbara.

  • Kyle Peterson