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Former president Bush’s service dog takes watch over casket in touching photo

03 December 2018

On Monday, President Trump tweeted, "Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush".

George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94.

David J. Phillip Pool  AP
David J. Phillip Pool AP

In a heartbreaking photo posted to Sully's Instagram account on Sunday, the yellow labrador - who was named after pilot Sully Sullenberger - is seen lying in front of Bush's American flag-draped casket with a forlorn look on his face. Many have also heralded Bush's 73-year marriage to his wife, Barbara Bush, who died months before her husband in April 2018.

Good boy, Sully. Good boy. But Sully H.W. Bush has taken his final laps at the Bush Estate following the death of his owner, the 41st president of the United States. Alan Simpson, who became a close friend to Bush, and presidential historian Jon Meacham, the late president's biographer. Despite the fact that Trump's rise to power included lambasting past presidents, including both Bushes, the President has responded to Bush's death with repeated laudatory comments. Instead, his body lay in state in Independence, Missouri. Then the former president will lie in state in the Capitol's rotunda starting at 5 p.m. Monday until Wednesday morning.

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The Bushes will join other family at Joint Base Andrews for the afternoon arrival of the presidential aircraft carrying the casket, being called "Special Air Mission 41".

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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush dies at 94
He then celebrated his birthday on June 12 - making history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94. In his later years he developed a form of Parkinson's disease and used a motorised scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.

Former president Bush’s service dog takes watch over casket in touching photo