Reverence, grace as leaders gather for Bush funeral

SNUB Trump greets the Obamas and ignores the Clintons

SNUB Trump greets the Obamas and ignores the Clintons

George H.W. Bush's journey to his final resting place will be aboard a train whose engine was specifically built to honor his life.

CNN "Cuomo Prime Time" host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night told his colleague Don Lemon that he was "petty and small" for saying he would not have shaken President Donald Trump's hand at former President George H.W. Bush's funeral. Bush did not vote for him, and George W. Bush chose none of the above.

It was his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in 1989, and as a parade of world leaders took turns at the podium, newly elected USA president George H.W. Bush was taking a lot of notes. "This loathing of Trump is a force of nature that is orders of magnitude greater than what they felt about Bush", he explained, adding that many in the media later realized they "badly misjudged" his presidency. But he did not greet the other two former Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, sharing the front pew, or their spouses, including Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 election opponent.

Like all presidents, Bush oversaw plans for his own funeral starting years ago, updating the details as time went on so the ceremony would reflect his druthers.

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"George H.W. Bush was America's last great soldier-statesman", Jon Meacham, a presidential biographer, said in a eulogy.

Bush extolled his father, not only for his service as president but also as a role model as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Watch Bush's full eulogy below.

The country's five living presidents - Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Bush's son George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump - were attending the service at Washington National Cathedral, the Neo-Gothic spiritual centerpoint of the U.S. capital.

He will be interred at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas, next to his wife, who died in April, and their daughter Robin who died of leukemia at age three. Like Baker's address Thursday, it was laced with indirect comparisons to Trump but was not consumed by them, as speakers focused on Bush's public life and character - with plenty of cracks about his goofy side, too.

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The US President's awkward exchange came after Trump tweeted about oil prices as mourners gathered in Washington for the funeral.

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

During the transition between their shows, Lemon said, "Nope".

Mr Carter, the 39th President of the United States, attended the memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral with his wife Rosalynn.

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