President Trump, Predecessors Gather for George H. W. Bush’s State Funeral

President Trump, Predecessors Gather for George H. W. Bush’s State Funeral

George W. Bush turned the humor back on the acerbic ex-senator, saying of the late president: "He placed great value on a good joke, so he chose Simpson to speak".

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George W. Bush is expected to deliver the eulogy, the Associated Press reports.

President George W. Bush sits at his desk in the Oval Office for the first time on Inaugural Day, in this January 20, 2001 file photo, as his father, former President George H.W. Bush looks on.

Trump in turn has been effusive in his praise of Bush since his death Friday, and paid respects Monday night at the U.S. Capitol, where the 41st president is lying in state.

No such statement is expected that the Bush funeral, but it's likely that he will be eulogized as a leader unique for his devotion to public service.

Her grandfather, she said, was heartbroken when his wife of 73 years died.

Bush predicted that history will remember his father as a great president, who "showed me what it means to be a president who leads with integrity".

He said he voted for Clinton in 2016 while George W. Bush said he voted for "none of the above".

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump sat directly in front of Mulroney as he spoke, alongside three of their living White House predecessors, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

The train will take his casket, family and closest friends about 70 miles to College Station, where Bush will be buried later Thursday during a private service at his presidential library.

The hilltop cathedral in Washington filled Wednesday with recollections of George H.W. Bush as a modest but mighty president, a man whose characteristic humility was belied one final time with all the pageantry of a state funeral. Carter was seated silently next to Hillary Clinton in the cavernous cathedral.

If the Bushes are everything wrong with democracy, at least they didn't threaten it in the ways that Trump does.

Most federal government offices will be closed on Wednesday as many federal workers will get the day off.

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Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing a flawless impersonation of the 41st president was "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne". It's the first time all five men have convened face-to-face since Trump took office.

Global dignitaries gathered with USA leaders Wednesday at the funeral service for George H.W. Bush, a graceful show of unity that allowed Americans to hit pause on the toxic rhetoric that has engulfed Washington and national politics.

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