USPS limiting service Wednesday to mourn George HW Bush

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Bush will be buried at the gated family plot near his wife and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.

The widow of Republican Sen. Tears in eyes and flags in hands, people were waving and taking photos when the train whistled, slowly passing by.

It's the second time she's grieved in the soaring room since her husband died August 25 of brain cancer. They included Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Bush passed away on November 30, 2018. He and Trump shook hands.

During Dole's salute to Bush, the attending crowd remained silent. He arrived in the Capitol rotunda in a wheelchair pushed by an aide. Once steadied, Mr Dole saluted.

Instead of honest, balanced tributes which delivered a full picture of Bush's life and legacy, the media seemed to favor hagiography, retelling the former president's life with its blemishes removed. Bush died some seven months after his wife.

Mourners laughed as Baker recalled how Bush would let him know a conversation was over: "Baker, if you're so smart, why am I president and you're not?"

Fred Curry, one of the few African-Americans in line, is a registered Democrat from Hyattsville, Maryland, who voted for Bush in 1988, the election won by the one-term president. The elder Bush never warmed to Trump and voted for Trump's 2016 challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton. That in itself was a major news story in Poland on Tuesday because Walesa is a sharp critic of the current ruling authorities, including the president.

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"The memorial was a lovely tribute to President Bush's extraordinary life and a noble legacy to public service", Trump said at a Hanukkah reception at the White House on Thursday.

The unannounced visit was somber, with neither Trump nor his wife saying anything.

It is a tradition for the stock market to close for funerals of former presidents.

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The four entrances to the Rotunda were draped in black as Bush's body lay in state, an honor bestowed to only 31 others in the history of the United States (Lincoln being the first president). The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items, and summon help. The yellow labrador's full name is Sully H.W. Bush. All 155 people aboard survived. Bush enrolled at Yale University after military service, becoming a scholar-athlete and captaining the baseball team to two College World Series before graduating Phi Beta Kappa after just 2½ years.

Grandson George P. Bush, the only member of the political dynasty still holding elected office, as Texas land commissioner, used a eulogy to praise the man the younger generations called "gampy".

"And anybody who does that job deserves some respect".

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Bush was very involved with the railroad and he used to talk about fond memories he had traveling with his family on trains, local media reported.

Since then, people have wondered where Sully will go now that his mission with the Bush family is almost complete.

"The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!"

The United States Senate postponed all votes until after the funeral. He will be representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The CIA also honored Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing.

Dozens of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda, in Washington, to pay their respects to the late George HW Bush.

President Donald Trump has designated today as a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, who died November 30. A national funeral service for Bush was held Wednesday in Washington.

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Commuters should expect traffic in downtown DC before and after his funeral. His burial is Thursday.

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