Mourners Line Up to Honor Former President Bush at US Capitol

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WASHINGTON – The historic and ornate U.S. Capitol Rotunda was hosting mourners on Tuesday paying respects to the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who died last week at the age of 94 and will be buried on Thursday in his home state of Texas.

A casket bearing Bush’s body arrived on the Capitol grounds at sunset on Monday for a ceremony led by congressional leaders who celebrated the life of the Republican president and father of the 43rd president, George W. Bush.

The public was given 36 hours to file past the elder Bush’s flag-draped coffin. Early on Wednesday, it will be transported to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service.

The casket carrying former president George Herbert Walker Bush is carried up the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, Monday, December 3, 2018. President Bush who died at the age 94, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened a session of the Senate on Monday heralding the “daring” World War Two aviator, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and wartime president. “Year after year, post after post, George Bush stayed the course,” McConnell said.

Bush was elected president in 1988 after serving two terms as President Ronald Reagan’s vice president.

The casket of late U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

During his four years as president, Bush used U.S. military power to end Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait, steered the United States through the end of the Cold War and condemned China’s violent reaction to pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing.

He was dogged by domestic problems, including a sluggish economy. When he ran for re-election in 1992, he was pilloried by Democrats and many Republicans for violating his famous 1988 campaign promise: “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

Democrat Bill Clinton coasted to victory, ending Bush’s presidency.

Early in his political career, Bush served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967-1971. He lost bids in 1964 and 1970 for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas.

Former president George H.W. Bush is carried in by Military Honor Guard to lie in State at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Jabin Botsford/Pool via Reuters

Bush is the 12th U.S. president to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. The first was Abraham Lincoln following his assassination in 1865.

On Monday, mourners lined up to enter the Capitol for the public viewing starting later that evening, including Theresa Murphy, 64, a retired New York high school history teacher.

“His character speaks most, because of his character, how he handled so many important points in our history. The Iraq war, the falling of the Berlin Wall, he wasn’t (saying) that’s all about me,” Murphy said, adding: “Can you imagine what it would look like if our president today did that?”

Members of the public walk past the flag draped casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as it lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The federal government and some financial exchanges will be closed on Wednesday for a day of mourning.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Peter Cooney)

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Madison Dibble
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An honorable service for an honorable man.

Susan Lindauer
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The Establishment is dying. The New World Order is losing its champions, while Paris and Germany burn in failure of its policies. Thankfully, President Trump is forging a new way forward. Our economy is revitalizing with job creation, higher wages, LOWER TAXES that kick start the economy. Hopefully the Old Elite will realize will follow We Must All Help President Trump Succeed.

Phyllis Softa
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Susan, NO ONE in the country wants the economy to fail–not Trumpsters, Never Trumpers, Democrats, or whoever you consider “The Establishment or Old Elite.” The liberal media or politicians are not selling their listeners on conspiracies of “phony” numbers, disproved economic theories of tax cuts pay for themselves, or wacky theories as that we saw in the face of the worst recession since the Depression, that “Stimulus does not work.”

TOM
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As usual you are wrong. Demoncraps have stated that they DO want the economy to fail!

Hector Espada
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Was never a fan of this man. Iraq and the middle east destroyed. Thousands of our young people killed and wounded. He was a rino. He as a friend of the Clinton gang.

Phyllis Softa
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Hector, you are confused. Google the Persian Gulf War. Thousands of our young people were not killed and wounded. George HW Bush, our 41st POTUS, is who was memorialized today with the honor he deserved.

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