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In Capitol, Bush remembered as 'great man' and 'gentle soul'

07 December 2018

The 2-year-old pup will be moving on to work with wounded and active-duty soldiers in their physical and occupational therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, according to America's VetDogs, the organization that handles Sully.

Maine Governor Paul R. LePage called President Bush "Maine's president" in an order closing executive departments in the state, where the Bush family has a summer home.

Last week, Bush died at the age of 94, leaving behind his beloved yellow labrador.

"We introduced Sully to all the different pet dogs there on the compound, and all the family met the dog".

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).

Bush's service dog Sully visited the casket in the Capitol earlier Tuesday.

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The Houston funeral for George H.W. Bush will feature music from some of the former president's favorite country music stars. He was vice president from 1981 to 1989. Alan Simpson and presidential historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham, none of whom are expected to critique Trump in their statements.

George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost in 1953 and his mother, who died in April.

Cannon fire roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and the younger President Bush stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.

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?"

After services in Washington, Bush's remains will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station. Many banks and other businesses also will shut down, and government buildings are flying flags at half-staff until December 30. The couple was married for 73 years, longer than any other US presidential couple.

Federal departments and agencies will be closed Wednesday as well, including the U.S. Postal Service.

In Capitol, Bush remembered as 'great man' and 'gentle soul'