The representative of the Kuwait's Amir was among attendees

George HW Bush farewelled in Washington




The representative of the Kuwait's Amir was among attendees

George HW Bush farewelled in Washington

December 6, 2018

The United States is bidding its final farewell to former president George HW Bush in a service of prayer and praise that has drawn together world envoys, Americans of high office and many others who were touched by Bush's life in office and afterward.

A military band played Hail to the Chief as the casket of the 41st president was carried down the US Capitol steps in a solemn procession, with members of the Bush family watching and a cannon salute.

His son, former president George W Bush, placed his hand over his heart.

Military pallbearers carried the casket up the steps to the Washington National Cathedral for the service on Wednesday.

The hearse had been driven there in a motorcade which slowed in front of the White House.

Bush's route was lined with people much of the way, bundled in winter hats and taking photos, while a military colour guard stood at attention as the hearse arrived.

Wednesday's ceremonies capped three days of remembrance in the nation's capital by dignitaries and ordinary citizens as they honoured the Republican president, who died last week aged 94.

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Bush Sr oversaw the post-Cold War world transition and led a successful Gulf War, only to lose re-election in a generational shift to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992.

The four living ex-presidents are all in attendance - among them, George W Bush who will eulogise his father - and President Donald Trump, who is not scheduled to speak.

Also attending: one king (Jordan), one queen (Jordan), two princes (Britain, Bahrain), Germany's chancellor and Poland's president, among representatives of more than a dozen countries.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he was "looking forward to being with the Bush family", calling the day "a celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life".

Trump and his wife took their seats after the former presidents, briefly greeting the Obamas seated next to them.


 














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