Speaker Ryan Announces When George Bush Will Lie in State

Speaker Ryan Announces When George Bush Will Lie in State

On his last day there, Bush sat at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and penned a letter to his successor.

In a 2016 interview, the elder Bush said of Trump, "I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard". He says he drove three times with Bush.

Trump signed an executive order Saturday, a day after Bush's death, directing federal agencies and departments to close "as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States".

George P. Bush - the "P" stands for Prescott - went to Afghanistan as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer.

The New York Times reports that Bush Senior's final hours were peaceful ones.

Trump also announced that he has authorized the use of the iconic Boeing 747 presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One whenever a president is on board, to transport Bush's remains to Washington - a customary honor for a former president.




His passing ushers in almost a week of remembrances and tributes in Washington, where Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol following a ceremony there Monday evening.

"Given what politics looks like in America and around the world today, it's easy to sigh and say George H.W. Bush belonged to an era that is gone and never coming back - where our opponents are not our enemies, where we are open to different ideas and changing our minds, where facts matter and where our devotion to our children's future leads to honest compromise and shared progress", he wrote. He encouraged Americans to gather in places of worship "to pay homage" to Bush's memory, adding, "I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance".

Trump mocked the "points of light" phrase at some of his campaign rallies this year. A true testament to his character was his ability to befriend his old political rivals, a reminder that despite our differences, more unites the American people, including its leaders, than divides us.

Clinton said the two men had a respectful friendship during his own presidency, but it was after that they truly got to know each other, when President George W. Bush asked his father and Clinton to be involved in USA relief efforts for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster and Hurricane Karina in 2005. "GREATNESS!" As a candidate, Bush promised "no new taxes" but reversed himself in office. "We are grateful for his commitment to patriotism and public service".

Chris Hill now directs Global Engagement for the University of Denver, but served as the USA ambasasdor to Albania during President Bush's term as president.

Trump, the 45th president, paid tribute to "the life and legacy of 41".

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