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Body of former US President Bush returns to Houston for funeral

07 December 2018

Bush speaks at his father former President George H.W. Bush's funeral at Washington National Cathedral, tearfully remembering his dad as 'the best father a son or daughter could have'.

Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said the key to doing an impersonation of Bush was "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne". Michelle Obama had previously denounced Trump's "birther" campaign from 2008 that questioned her husband's citizenship and said she'll "never forgive" him for putting her family at risk.

Trump sat with his wife, a trio of ex-presidents and their wives, several of the group sharp critics of his presidency and one of them, Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic foe. Lacking a snub from which to pivot, Trump did the only thing he could do as a member of the now-five-member living president's club: He issued an appropriate official statement on Bush's passing, largely steered clear of the week's Bush remembrances and showed up for the funeral at which he had no speaking role. Bush said of his father's style. Now, Bush said, his father will be reunited with the love of his life, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, and with his daughter Robin, who died at age three.

Allen says the band is honored to keep its promise to Bush to perform at his funeral.

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Trump closed the federal government on Wednesday to mark a day of mourning for Bush, and several U.S. financial exchanges were closed.

Bush's family was invited to the White House, appearing to have put aside differences and disagreements between the Bush family and the Trumps. He also shook hands with former President George W. Bush after he entered the church and made his way over to greet the former presidents. The former head of state will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bushes worshipped for decades, until Thursday's funeral.

Thursday he spoke at his grandfather's funeral and read a tribute about his grandfather that was published by the Corpus Cristi Caller-Times ahead of the services.

Bill Clinton and Mrs. Obama smiled and chatted as music played.

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"I was struck then by his graciousness, his interest in and enthusiasm for Canada - but he was just an extraordinarily gracious person", Brison said.

She said Bush believed "service was all important and conveyed that to his children".

Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing a ideal impersonation of the 41st president was "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne".

The late Bush's feelings about Trump were harsh at times.

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Body of former US President Bush returns to Houston for funeral