Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

President George H.W. Bush's casket headed to US Capitol

President George H.W. Bush's casket headed to US Capitol

The 41st president of the United States died late Friday at his home in Houston, Texas. His death also reduces membership in the exclusive ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Turner tweeted that those in attendance should 'wear their own colorful socks'.

FILE - Former President George H.W. Bush attends a ceremony to unveil a new garden named in his wife's honor, Sept 29, 2011, in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq U.S. equities and options markets and the Chicago Stock Exchange also will be closed on Wednesday.

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The body of the Republican former president will lie in state at the Rotunda through Wednesday, when a state funeral is scheduled at the Washington National Cathedral.

H.W. Bush will be honored at several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial on Thursday in Texas. "Bush of course was defeated for re-election and most people at the time considered him a failed president" because of a recession during his time in the White House.

A photo posted of George H.W. Bush's service dog appearing to mourn beside the casket of his old master has left social media a little teary-eyed. President Donald Trump renewed his threat of a shutdown last week, but in light of ceremonies for Bush, he said Saturday he was open to a short-term extension of spending talks if congressional leaders request one.

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Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged a 73-year union that was the longest presidential marriage in US history until her death.

A member of the military takes a photo as the sun rises behind Special Air Mission 41, the plane that will transfer the casket of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston.

In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. Bush's family has not said who will speak at the service.

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4141 George Bush Locomotive, which was unveiled October 18, 2005, was dedicated to honor the nation's 41st president.

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