Mourners Pay Tribute to President George HW Bush at US Capitol

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

He will lie in state until Wednesday, when funerary services will take place at the Washington National Cathedral.

In this October 18, 2005, file photo, a new locomotive numbered 4141 in honour of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, is unveiled at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Blair House is also known as the President's Guest House.

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".

CNN journalist Brenna Williams tweeted a GIF image of George Bush passing a piece of candy to Michelle Obama; a mirroring, she said, of their viral candy-passing moment which "warmed our hearts" at McCain's funeral a few months ago.

About 1,200 mourners are expected at the service Thursday morning.

More than 11,000 people paid their respects to George H.W. Bush as the 41st president lay in repose all night at a Houston church where his family worshipped.

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

Before the public started walking past Bush's casket, USA political dignitaries praised him as an American hero in World War II, a statesman, a world leader and, perhaps most of all, as a decent man full of grace.

The stock market will also be closed on Wednesday.

"On his death, U.S. has lost a statesman and KSA lost a friend", Adel Al-Jubeir said in a tweet on Thursday.

The law was just one point of intersection for Bush and Dole, now 95, who was one of its leading advocates in the Senate.

Vice President Mike Pence said "President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation". A key reason was his wife, Mamie, who hated to fly.

Bush was elected president in 1988 after serving 2 terms as President Ronald Reagan's vice president. Bush also occasionally travelled by train in 1992, when he was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton, including making Midwest stops aboard a train dubbed "The Spirit of America".

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