Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

National day of mourning: What’s open and what’s closed on Wednesday

National day of mourning: What’s open and what’s closed on Wednesday

The two-year-old Sully has been at Bush's side since June, just weeks after the death of the president's wife Barbara, to whom he was married for 73 years. Bush's Instagram account put it.

Bob Dole, 95, an advocate of that legislation and the former Senate majority leader from Kansas, came in a wheelchair to honour his fellow Second World War veteran.

One of Mr Bush's major achievements was assembling the global military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbour Iraq in 1991, lasting only 100 hours.

Escorted by former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Sully watched as mourners paid their respects to the late president, whose casket was covered with an American flag, alongside a red, white and blue flower wreath.

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A Connecticut Yankee from a wealthy family who moved to Texas to be an oilman, Bush has been eulogized as a president with a keen sense of civility and duty.

"Sully is not a longtime Bush family pet, letting go of the only master he has known", writer Ruth Graham argued.

Addressing a funeral at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church where the 41st president and his family regularly worshipped, Bush's former secretary of state and confidant for decades, James Baker, addressed him as "jefe", Spanish for "boss".

George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and one of the former president's 17 grandchildren, reminisced about fly fishing and sharing Blue Bell Creameries ice cream, a well-known Texas brand, as a child with the man he called " Gampy".

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"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul".

Bush's death makes Carter, also 94 but more than 100 days younger, the oldest living ex-president.

Friends and family will celebrate his life during a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

Bush greeted former and current presidents and their wives on the bench with handshakes before having this heartwarming exchange with Michelle, who couldn't help but chuckle as she was handed the mint.

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