Former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush | REUTERS
Tributes to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who died at the age of 94, poured in from around the world on Saturday (December 1) as global leaders honored him for his role in helping to end the Cold War and reduce the danger of nuclear annihilation.
In Washington, D.C., flags at the White House and the U.S. Capitol building were lowered to half-staff. Early morning tourists outside the White House remembered Bush’ as “compassionate” and a “gentleman” and lauded his ability to cross party lines.
“War hero, gentlemen, statesmen. Loved by all. Was a great aggregator. I loved the fact that the Clintons and the Bushes became great friends and I hope that we get more of that type of person going forward in the future,” said Steve O’Brien, a tourist from New York.
“He crossed the lines with the Democrats and he became friends finally with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and that horrible partisanship that is pervasive in our country right now quickly went away,” said Blake Messinger, also visiting from New York.
Bush, the 41st president of the United States who possessed one of the most impressive resumes in American political history, also routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army but lost his chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.
His death at 10:10 p.m. CST Friday (0410 GMT Saturday) was first announced in a brief statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available. — Reuters
Sully, George H.W. Bush’s service dog, returns home to New York
Sully, the yellow Labrador Retriever, that served as U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s service dog | REUTERS
Sully, the yellow Labrador Retriever, that served as U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, has returned home to Long Island, New York.
Sully stayed with Bush during the last months of the former president’s life and remained next to his casket while the late president lay in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.
“We all felt such a tremendous sense of pride in not only having worked with the president, but all the different veterans and veteran’s groups that we work with right here on Long Island and across the country,” said John Miller, the president and CEO of The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, during a news conference on Wednesday (December 19).
Sully will stay on Long Island, where he was born and trained by America’s VetDogs until early 2019. Then, the young lab be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to work with U.S. military veterans. — Reuters
Bush family pays respects to late patriarch in emotional public viewing of casket
Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS
Members of the Bush family paid their respects to their late patriarch on Tuesday (December 4) during an emotional visit to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where the body of former President George H.W. Bush was lying in state.
Former President George W. Bush along with his wife Laura was greeted with hugs and handshakes by well-wishers who have been filing past the flag-draped casket during a public viewing that began late Monday and continues until Wednesday’s funeral.
Also present were the late president’s other son, former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, and twin granddaughters Jenna BushHager and Barbara Bush.
Ordinary Americans, generals, and former Cabinet members have been paying their respects at the Capitol Rotunda to the late president, who died last week at the age of 94 after a life of service as a World War II hero, head of the CIA and wartime president. — Reuters
US Embassy, affiliated offices in PH to close for National Day of Mourning
MANILA, Philippines — US Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed on Wednesday (December 5).
Based on the advisory of the embassy, this is due to the commemoration of National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush in the United States.
The operation is set to be back on Thursday (December 6). — UNTV News & Rescue