At Capitol, Bush saluted as 'gentle soul,' 'great man'

Hugh Fox
December 6, 2018

To honor the legacy of late president George H.W. Bush, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery on Wednesday, December 5.

President Trump has issued an executive order to close the federal government. Brad Hibbard was among those who brought Sully to the Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, last June, offering the president companionship and support during his time of grief. Taking to his Twitter handle on Monday, Trump said, "Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush".

In a statement on Saturday, Trump again referenced the Bush's "thousand points of light" speech and said the former president "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service".

And Bush the father was nothing compared to the son - who lied us into war, embraced torture and police-state-level surveillance and, although he may not have lied about everything, lied about pretty much all the big things.

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The patriarch of the Bush family served as a fighter pilot during World War II, later being elected to Congress, serving as United Nations ambassador, Central Intelligence Agency director, vice president under Ronald Reagan between 1981 and 1989 and finally being elected president and serving for one term from 1989-1993 during which time he presided over the end of the Cold War and launched the Gulf War to drive invading Iraqi forces under dictator Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

Jim McGrath, spokesman for the Bush family, tweeted a photo on Sunday night, captioning it "mission complete". Service dogs are trained to do that.

All USPS facilities will also fly a flag at half-staff through December 30 in honor of Bush.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

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Trump will attend the ceremony on Wednesday morning in Washington's National Cathedral along with First Lady Melania.

Inside the Capitol, Sully, the 2-year-old Labrador retriever assigned to Bush, sat by the casket in the company of people who came to commemorate Bush's signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 law that, among its many provisions, required businesses that prohibit pets to give access to service dogs. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953. John McCain, which was marked by implicit references to Trump and his behavior as president.

"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life", Trump said in Argentina where he was attending the G20 summit.

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