George HW Bush funeral: Leaders in US to pay respects
[December 05 2018]
World leaders and dignitaries are in the US capital
Washington DC to pay their respects at the state funeral of former
President George HW Bush.
The body of Mr Bush, which had been lying in state at
the US Capitol, was moved to the National Cathedral for the funeral.
His son, ex-President George W Bush, will deliver one
of the eulogies.
Mr Bush senior, who served as the 41st US president
between 1989 and 1993, died on Friday at the age of 94.
He will be buried in his home state of Texas,
alongside his wife Barbara.
What is happening at the funeral?
The invitation-only funeral at the National Cathedral
is being attended by President Donald Trump and his predecessors Barack
Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
The Prince of Wales, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
and Jordan's King Abdullah II are among the world figures there to pay
Former leaders, including John Major, who was UK prime
minister for most of Mr Bush's term, is also attending.
Wednesday has been declared a national day of mourning
- many government offices and US stock exchanges are closed.
After the funeral, Mr Bush's body will be flown to
Texas, where it will lie in public repose until Thursday morning.
There will be a second service before the Bush 4141 -
a train which was named in honour of the president - takes his body to
its final resting place at the George HW Bush presidential library.
Jim McGrath, who was Mr Bush's spokesman, said the
president had once wondered if anyone would attend his funeral.
Who was Bush Sr and what is his legacy?
George HW Bush was a decorated fighter pilot in World
War Two, a head of the CIA and vice-president to Ronald Reagan before
being elected president in 1988.
His time in office was dominated by foreign policy -
and he was praised for how he navigated the end of the Cold War, and
handled the first Gulf War.
However, he was accused of neglecting domestic affairs
and, after reneging on a campaign promise not to increase taxes, lost to
Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential election.
He has been described as a bipartisan figure who tried
to make conservatism "kinder and gentler".
Mr Trump has in the past clashed with the Bush family
- and Mr Bush told a historian he voted for Mr Trump's opponent Hillary
Clinton in the 2016 election.
Mr Bush's former White House press secretary, Marlin
Fitzwater, told Reuters: "It's important for our presidents to pay
respect to each other and I'm glad President Trump will be there."
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