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USA Says A Final Goodbye To Former President George HW Bush

USA Says A Final Goodbye To Former President George HW Bush

"George H.W. Bush's lifetime of service was capped by one last selfless act, a final gift to the country he served so well".

Five U.S. presidents attended the state funeral of former president George H.W. Bush on Wednesday.

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

They were fellow World War II veterans, Republican Party leaders, fierce rivals for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination won by Bush ("Stop lying about my record", Dole snapped at Bush) and skilled negotiators. Also in the front row were Michelle Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama.

The late president's eulogists - son included - noted Bush's tendency to tangle his words and show his goofy side.

A funeral for the former president was held at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, featuring live performances from some of his favorite musical artists.

He was "the last great-soldier statesman", historian Jon Meacham said in his eulogy, "our shield" in risky times.




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".

"I think it's just a vehicle for them, Shannon, to be able to contrast what they think Trump is versus the way they're telling us Bush was", Limbaugh said.

Bush choked up at the end of his eulogy before regaining his composure.

The Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to say that President Trump would be welcome at the funeral, scheduled Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, and to assure him that the focus would be on Bush's life rather than their disagreements, one former administration official said.

The US President's awkward exchange came after Trump tweeted about oil prices as mourners gathered in Washington for the funeral. Trump did not shake hands with Bill and Hillary Clinton, who looked straight ahead.

A host of world leaders and dignitaries were present at today's funeral. Many federal offices are closed along with Wall Street stock markets. Barbara Bush passed away in April at age 92.

The cathedral's bourdon bell will ring 41 times - Bush was the 41st president - as the cortege moves from the United States Capitol to the Cathedral. But historians say no previous chief executive has spoken as publicly and as harshly about predecessors as Trump has.

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