George H.W. Bush funeral: Former president remembered for integrity, service…

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President George H.W. Bush's remains are moved to Washington National Cathedral for his funeral which will be attended by family members and dignitaries.

Former president George W. Bush said Wednesday that his father had “showed me what it means to be a president that serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.”

His remarks came as mourners from across the nation gathered in Washington to pay their respects and celebrate the life of former president George H.W, Bush at a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral.

With President Trump and four living former U.S. presidents in attendance, Bush was remembered as “America’s last great soldier-statesman” by biographer Jon Meacham, one of four people delivering eulogies. The service concluded around 1:15 p.m.

2:1o p.m.: Bush receives another 21-gun salute at departure ceremony

Upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Bush was given another 21-gun salute as part of a departure ceremony.

George W. Bush emotionally shares his final moments with his father

“Hail to the Chief” was played, followed by “Goin’ Home” as Bush’s coffin was removed from the hearse and taken to a presidential aircraft. Family members looked on from the tarmac.

Former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, among others, stood with hands over their hearts.

1:20 p.m.: Service ends, Bush’s coffin placed in hearse

As the service ended, Bush’s coffin was carried from the church to the sounds of “Hail to the Chief” and placed in a hearse that will take it to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The coffin will then be flown to Houston.

An arrival ceremony is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where Bush will lie in repose.

1:10 p.m.: Music playing a prominent part in funeral

More than 30 selections were listed on the order of service, beginning with preludes by organ and carillon, a keyboard instrument made up of a set of bells. A handful of contemporary composers were included, including John Williams, whose “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film “Saving Private Ryan” was performed by the United States Marine Orchestra. In another cinematic moment, Aaron Copland’s composition for the 1940 film “Our Town,” based on the Thornton Wilder play, was also performed by the Marine Orchestra.

Some performers were familiar.

Ronan Tynan, a member of the Irish Tenors, sang a version of “The Lord’s Prayer” by Albert Hay Malotte with backing from the Marine Orchestra and two choirs.

Michael W. Smith, the Grammy Award-winning contemporary Christian artist, performed his 1982 hit “Friends” with orchestra and choir. Smith posted a rehearsal video Tuesday on Instagram with the caption “A farewell tribute!!!!!!”

12:55 p.m.: ‘My hunch is heaven just got a bit kinder and gentler’

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, delivered the homily, drawing tears from some in the crowd.

“My hunch is heaven just got a bit kinder and gentler. … Welcome to your eternal home, where ceiling and visibility are unlimited, and life goes on forever,” Levenson said.

12:30 p.m.: George W. Bush eulogizes his father

Former president George W. Bush remembered his father as someone who “valued character over pedigree,” who “showed us how setbacks can strengthen,” and who, with his optimism, “made his children believe anything was possible.”

George H.W. Bush “could tease and needle but never out of malice,” his son said, with President Trump sitting in the front row.

“One reason Dad knew how to die young was that he almost did it — twice,” Bush said, referring to his father having had a staph infection as a teenager and later being shot down as a Navy pilot.

“For Dad’s part, I think those brushes with death made him cherish the gift of life,” Bush said.

He elicited a few laughs from the crowd, particularly when he recalled his father’s longtime friend, James A. Baker III, sneaking him Grey Goose vodka and steak when Bush was in the hospital in his later years.

His father also enjoyed a good joke and had an email list where he and others would share their favorites — including some off-color jokes, Bush said.

“To us he was close to perfect, but not totally perfect. … The man couldn’t stomach vegetables, especially broccoli,” Bush said, in a reference to the food famously loathed by his father. “And, by the way, he passed these genetic defects on to us.”

Bush broke down at the end of his remarks as he recalled his father as the “best father,” and prompted applause from the crowd after saying that he smiles “knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”

Robin was George H.W. and Barbara Bush’s daughter, who died of leukemia at age 3 in 1953.

12:20 p.m.: Irish tenor Ronan Tynan performs

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan performed the song “Last Full Measure of Devotion.”

Tynan visited Bush the day he died and sang “Silent Night” and a Gaelic song. Tynan also sang at the funeral of former president Ronald Reagan.

12:10 p.m.: Alan Simpson hails Bush’s friendship and loyalty

Former senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) prompted some laughs from the crowd with a self-deprecating speech in which he celebrated his friendship with Bush, which began more than five decades ago in 1962. Bush stood by him through his darkest times, Simpson said.

“My life in Washington was rather tumultuous,” he said. “I went from the ‘A’ social list to the ‘Z,’ and never came back to the ‘A.’ In one dark period I was feeling awful low, and all my wounds were self-inflicted.”

When he questioned Bush about his decision to stay by him, Simpson said Bush responded, “This is about friendship and loyalty.”

Bush loved a good joke, Simpson added, but he “never, ever could remember a punchline — and I mean never.”

In an interview with The Post’s Karen Tumulty on Tuesday, Simpson said of his eulogy: “You cry while you’re preparing it, so you won’t cry while you’re giving it.”

11:55 a.m.: Former Canadian prime minister delivers tribute to Bush

The second eulogy was given by former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, whose last four years in office overlapped with Bush’s term as president.

“Fifty or 100 years from now, as historians review the accomplishments and the context of all who have served as president, I believe it will be said that in the life of this country, the United States — which is, in my judgment, the greatest democratic republic that God has ever placed on the face of this earth — I believe it will be said that no occupant of the Oval Office was more courageous, more principled and more honorable than George Herbert Walker Bush,” Mulroney said.

He hailed Bush’s foreign and domestic policy achievements, including the NAFTA agreement, which he said had been “modernized and improved by recent administrations,” in what appeared to be veiled swipe at President Trump’s efforts to terminate the deal.

Mulroney said that when world leaders dealt with Bush, they “knew that they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one that was distinguished, resolute and brave.”

11:50 a.m.: Jenna Bush Hager delivers a reading

The second reading, from The Bible’s Book of Revelation, was delivered by another granddaughter of the late president, Jenna Bush Hager.

Hager, 37, is one of two daughters of former president George W. Bush. She is known for her work as a contributor on NBC’s “Today Show.”

11:40 a.m.: First of four eulogies delivered by Bush biographer

Presidential historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham delivered the first of four eulogies, calling Bush “America’s last great soldier-statesman.”

“An imperfect man, he left us a more perfect union,” Meacham said of the 41st president.

His remarks included some gentle ribbing of Bush for what the former president had acknowledged wasn’t his strongest suit: public speaking.

“’Fluency in English,’ President Bush once remarked, ‘is something that I’m often not accused of,’” Meacham said, adding: “His tongue may have run amok at times, but his heart was steadfast.”

Meacham also recounted Bush being shot down as a Navy pilot in 1944 and barely escaping death.

“And so we ask, as he so often did: Why him? Why was he spared?” Meacham said. “The workings of Providence are mysterious, but this much is clear: the George Herbert Walker Bush who survived that fiery fall into the waters of the Pacific made our lives, and the lives of nations, freer, better, warmer, nobler.”

11:25 a.m.: First reading delivered by Bush granddaughters

The first reading, from the Bible’s Book of Isaiah, was delivered by two granddaughters of the late president, Lauren Bush Lauren and Ashley Walker Bush.

Lauren, 34, is the daughter of Neil Bush, one of the president’s sons. She previously had a modeling career before co-founding the FEED Projects in 2007, a nonprofit focused on feeding children around the world. She is married to David Lauren, the son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

Ashley, 29, is also the daughter of Neil Bush. She works as a film producer.

11:10 a.m.: Bush’s coffin taken from hearse into cathedral

Bush’s coffin was removed from the hearse to the music “Ruffles and Flourishes” and “Hail to the Chief,” followed by the hymn, “For All the Saints.”

“With faith in Jesus Christ, we accept the body of our brother George for burial,” Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church in America, said in a prayer outside the cathedral.

Former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, walked in, stopping to shake hands with President Trump and the other three living former presidents.

The coffin was then carried down the aisle as bells tolled.

Earlier, the choir inside the cathedral sang a downbeat version of “America the Beautiful.”

10:50 a.m.: Trump and first lady take seats in front row

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump walked down the aisle and took their seats in the front row of the cathedral next to those of former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, all of whom were accompanied by their wives.

Both Trumps shook hands with the Obamas before they sat down.

10:30 a.m.: Bush’s flag-draped coffin departs the Capitol

Bush’s flag-draped coffin was carried down the steps of the Capitol as family members and congressional leaders looked on. As members of the military carried the coffin, “Hail to the Chief” was played and Bush received a 21-gun salute.

As they proceeded toward the hearse, two hymns played: “My Faith Looks Up to thee” and “Nearer My God to thee.”

The motorcade left the Capitol, heading down Pennsylvania Avenue, where it was to pass the White House before heading toward Washington National Cathedral.

10:25 a.m.: President Trump departs White House for funeral

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump emerged from the residence of the White House and boarded the black presidential limousine.

The motorcade started rolling from the South Lawn headed to Washington National Cathedral.

10:10 a.m.: Mourners mingle as they await start of service

As mourners at Washington National Cathedral awaited the arrival of Bush’s motorcade, countless conversations were taking place inside.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan could be seen chatting with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). The chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr., was also on hand.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was spotted talking to former vice president Joe Biden.

Several members of Congress lined up to talk to former president Jimmy Carter.

Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker was also spotted in the cathedral.

9:55 a.m.: Bush family leaves Blair House en route to Capitol

The Bush family has left Blair House, a residence across the street from the White House, and is en route to the Capitol, where the coffin of the 41st president has been lying in state since Monday.

A departure ceremony is scheduled to begin shortly at the Capitol. After that, a motorcade will proceed to Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service.

9:45 a.m.: Dignitaries continue to arrive at funeral

A pair of former Democratic vice presidents, Joe Biden and Al Gore, are among the more recent arrivals at Washington National Cathedral.

Members of Congress from both parties are also arriving and taking seats in the cavernous cathedral.

9:30 a.m.: Head of U.S. Episcopal Church among those officiating at Bush’s funeral

Among those officiating at Wednesday’s funeral is Michael Bruce Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church in America.

Curry made headlines in May for delivering a riveting sermon at the royal British wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Other details of the service are included in the funeral program, which is being distributed.

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9:15 a.m.: Dignitaries arriving at funeral site

Several dignitaries have been spotted arriving at Washington National Cathedral, including former Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and former Republican vice president Richard B. Cheney.

Others on site include Karl Rove, the political adviser to George W. Bush; Colin Powell, a former secretary of state; and Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and personal lawyer to President Trump.

Large buses are pulling up on the south side of the cathedral and depositing guests, who are entering through the front doors.

9 a.m.: Trump says Bush service will be ‘a day of celebration’

Two hours before the service was scheduled to begin, President Trump wrote on Twitter that he is looking forward to being with the Bush family.

“This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life,” Trump said. “He will be missed!”

Trump is expected to attend the funeral at Washington National Cathedral along with his wife Melania.


8:50 a.m.: Funeral to include a few personal touches

The state funeral will be steeped in tradition, but there will also be a few personal touches to remind mourners that the nation’s 41st president was also his own man.

Bush will be wearing socks adorned with planes flying in formation, a nod to his service in World War II, when he was shot down while flying a torpedo bomber in the Western Pacific.

After he is flown back to Houston on Wednesday afternoon, he will be transported in a special “Bush 4141” train to College Station, before being driven to his presidential library, where he will be buried.

And unlike Reagan, Bush will not travel in a ceremonial horse-drawn wagon, called a caisson, according to spokesman Jim McGrath.

8:30 a.m.: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Bush family

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was spotted by CBS News arriving at Blair House to visit with the Bush family ahead of the funeral.

Former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are among those staying at Blair House, the presidential guest quarters across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

Trump and his wife, Melania, paid a visit to the Bush family at Blair House on Tuesday night,  with a motorcade of at least seven other vehicles.

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8:15 a.m.: Visible police presence in place

Three hours before the service, there was a visible police presence along Massachusetts Avenue, part of the route between the U.S. Capitol and Washington National Cathedral. A motorcade carrying Bush is scheduled to leave the Capitol around 10 a.m.

The number of police vehicles increased close to the cathedral, with dozens holding positions along the roads. Snowplows were blocking most residential streets within four blocks of the funeral site.

Traffic was snarled on upper Massachusetts Avenue, especially around the Wisconsin Avenue intersection.

There was also already a heavy police presence around the cathedral, including Secret Service and the D.C. police officers. A handful of Army officers in dress uniform were also on the site.

7:15 a.m.: Capitol Rotunda closed to the public

The Capitol Rotunda was closed to the public around 7 a.m. on Wednesday after being open for more than 35 hours in honor of the nation’s 41st president.

Mourners who came to pay their respects included former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency, which Bush once led; members of Congress; diplomats; World War II veterans; sports stars and many others.

Among the most memorable moments was former senator Bob Dole rising from his wheelchair, jaw quivering, to deliver a quick, crisp salute to Bush’s coffin.

6:45 a.m.: George W. Bush, three others to deliver eulogies

Former president George W. Bush, the son of the 41st president, is among those who will deliver eulogies on Wednesday.

Others include former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney; former Republican senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming; and presidential historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham.

6:40 a.m.: All living presidents, foreign dignitaries plan to attend

President Trump and all four living former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter — are planning to attend services at Washington National Cathedral. The spouses of all five leaders are also expected to be among the mourners.

The list of guests also include many foreign dignitaries, including Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne; King Abdullah II of Jordan; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Polish President Andrzej Duda; former Polish president Lech Walesa and former British prime minister John Major.

6:30 a.m.: Following Washington funeral, Bush to be flown to Houston

The coffin carrying Bush’s remains is scheduled to depart the U.S. Capitol at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and travel by motorcade to Washington National Cathedral.

Funeral services are expected to begin around 11 a.m. At the conclusion of the service, expected around 1:15 p.m., Bush will be taken to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He will then be flown to Houston.

An arrival ceremony is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where Bush will then lie in repose.

Elise Viebeck, Seung Min Kim, Patricia Sullivan and Michael E. Miller contributed to this report.

Report By John Wagner 



Presidente George H.W. Los restos de Bush son trasladados a la Catedral Nacional de Washington para su funeral, al que asistirán familiares y dignatarios. (El Washington Post)

Por John Wagner y Felicia Sonmez, WP
5 de diciembre a las 2:18 pm
El ex presidente George W. Bush dijo el miércoles que su padre "me mostró lo que significa ser un presidente que sirve con integridad, lidera con coraje y actúa con amor en su corazón por los ciudadanos de nuestro país".

Sus comentarios se produjeron cuando los dolientes de todo el país se reunieron en Washington para presentar sus respetos y celebrar la vida del ex presidente George H.W, Bush en un funeral de estado en la Catedral Nacional de Washington.

Con la presencia del presidente Trump y cuatro ex presidentes vivos de los Estados Unidos, Bush fue recordado como el "último gran soldado-estadista de Estados Unidos" por el biógrafo Jon Meacham, una de las cuatro personas que entregan elogios. El servicio concluyó alrededor de la 1:15 p.m.

2: 1o p.m .: Bush recibe otro saludo de 21 armas en la ceremonia de salida

Al llegar a la Base Conjunta Andrews en Maryland, Bush recibió otro saludo de 21 armas como parte de una ceremonia de salida.

George W. Bush comparte emocionalmente sus últimos momentos con su padre.

El ex presidente George W. Bush se emocionó durante su elogio por su padre, el ex presidente George H.W. Bush, el 5 de diciembre. (The Washington Post)

"Hail to the Chief" se jugó, seguido de "Goin’ Home "cuando el ataúd de Bush fue retirado del coche fúnebre y llevado a un avión presidencial. Los miembros de la familia miraban desde la pista.

El ex presidente George W. Bush y su esposa, Laura, entre otros, se pararon con sus manos sobre sus corazones.

1:20 p.m .: El servicio termina, el ataúd de Bush colocado en el coche fúnebre

Cuando terminó el servicio, el ataúd de Bush fue trasladado de la iglesia a los sonidos de "Hail to the Chief" y se colocó en un coche fúnebre que lo llevará a la Base Conjunta Andrews en Maryland. El ataúd luego será trasladado a Houston.

Una ceremonia de llegada está programada a las 6:45 p.m. en la Iglesia Episcopal de San Martín, donde Bush estará en reposo.

1:10 p.m .: La música juega un papel importante en el funeral

Más de 30 selecciones fueron enumeradas en el orden de servicio, comenzando con preludios por órgano y carillón, un instrumento de teclado compuesto por un conjunto de campanas. Se incluyeron algunos compositores contemporáneos, incluido John Williams, cuyo "Himno a los caídos" de la película "Salvando al soldado Ryan" fue interpretado por la Orquesta de la Marina de los Estados Unidos. En otro momento cinematográfico, la composición de Aaron Copland para la película de 1940 "Nuestra ciudad", basada en la obra Thornton Wilder, también fue interpretada por la Orquesta de la Marina.

Algunos artistas eran familiares.

Ronan Tynan, miembro de los Tenores irlandeses, cantó una versión de "La Oración del Señor" de Albert Hay Malotte con el respaldo de la Orquesta de la Marina y dos coros.

Michael W. Smith, el artista cristiano contemporáneo ganador del Premio Grammy, realizó su éxito de 1982 "Friends" con orquesta y coro. Smith publicó un video de ensayo el martes en Instagram con el subtítulo "¡Un homenaje de despedida!"

12:55 p.m .: "Mi corazonada es que el cielo se ha vuelto un poco más amable y gentil"

El reverendo Dr. Russell Levenson, rector de la Iglesia Episcopal de San Martín en Houston, pronunció la homilía, provocando lágrimas en la multitud.

“Mi corazonada es que el cielo se ha vuelto un poco más amable y gentil. ... Bienvenido a su hogar eterno, donde el techo y la visibilidad son ilimitados, y la vida continúa para siempre ", dijo Levenson.

12:30 p.m .: George W. Bush elogia a su padre

El ex presidente George W. Bush recordó a su padre como alguien que "valoraba el carácter por encima del pedigrí", que "nos mostró cómo los contratiempos pueden fortalecerse" y que, con su optimismo, "hizo que sus hijos creyeran que todo era posible".

George H.W. Bush "podía molestar y agitar, pero nunca por maldad", dijo su hijo, con el presidente Trump sentado en la primera fila.

"Una de las razones por las que papá supo morir joven fue que casi lo hizo, dos veces", dijo Bush, refiriéndose a que su padre tuvo una infección por estafilococos en la adolescencia y luego fue abatido como piloto de la Marina.

"Por parte de papá, creo que esos roces con la muerte lo hicieron apreciar el don de la vida", dijo Bush.

Él provocó algunas risas de la multitud, particularmente cuando recordó al amigo de su padre, James A. Baker III, y le robó vodka y bistec Grey Goose cuando Bush estuvo en el hospital en sus últimos años.

Su padre también disfrutó de una buena broma y tenía una lista de correo electrónico donde él y otros compartirían sus favoritos, incluyendo algunas bromas descoloridas, dijo Bush.

“Para nosotros era casi perfecto, pero no totalmente perfecto. "El hombre no podía tragar verduras, especialmente el brócoli", dijo Bush, en una referencia a la comida famosa por su padre. "Y, por cierto, nos transmitió estos defectos genéticos".

Bush se rompió al final de sus comentarios cuando recordó a su padre como el "mejor padre", y provocó un aplauso de la multitud después de decir que sonríe "sabiendo que papá está abrazando a Robin y sosteniendo la mano de mamá otra vez".

Robin fue George H.W. y la hija de Barbara Bush, quien murió de leucemia a los 3 años.

12:20 p.m .: el tenor irlandés Ronan Tynan interpreta

El tenor irlandés Ronan Tynan interpretó la canción "Last Full Measure of Devotion".

Tynan visitó a Bush el día que murió y cantó "Silent Night" y una canción en gaélico. Tynan también cantó en el funeral del ex presidente Ronald Reagan.

12:10 p.m .: Alan Simpson saluda la amistad y lealtad de Bush

El ex senador Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) Provocó algunas risas de la multitud con un discurso autocrítico en el que celebró su amistad con Bush, que comenzó hace más de cinco décadas en 1962. Bush se mantuvo a su lado en sus momentos más oscuros, Simpson dijo.

"Mi vida en Washington fue bastante tumultuosa", dijo. "Pasé de la lista social" A "a la" Z ", y nunca volví a la" A ". En un período oscuro me sentí muy mal, y todas mis heridas fueron autoinfligidas".

Cuando le preguntó a Bush sobre su decisión de quedarse con él, Simpson dijo que Bush respondió: "Se trata de amistad y lealtad".

A Bush le encantó una buena broma, agregó Simpson, pero "nunca, nunca podría recordar una frase de remate, y quiero decir nunca".

En una entrevista con Karen Tumulty de The Post el martes, Simpson dijo sobre su elogio: "Llora mientras lo estás preparando, así que no llorarás mientras lo das".

11:55 a.m .: El ex primer ministro canadiense rinde tributo a Bush

El segundo elogio fue dado por el ex primer ministro canadiense Brian Mulroney, cuyos últimos cuatro años en el cargo se superponen con el mandato de Bush como presidente.

“Cincuenta o cien años a partir de ahora, mientras los historiadores revisan los logros y el contexto de todos los que han servido como presidente, creo que se dirá que en la vida de este país, los Estados Unidos, que es, en mi opinión, el "La república democrática más grande que Dios ha colocado sobre la faz de esta tierra. Creo que se dirá que ningún ocupante de la Oficina Oval fue más valiente, más de principios y más honorable que George Herbert Walker Bush", dijo Mulroney.

Elogió los logros de la política interna y externa de Bush, incluido el acuerdo del TLCAN, que dijo que había sido "modernizado y mejorado por las administraciones recientes", en lo que parecía estar velado por los esfuerzos del presidente Trump para rescindir el acuerdo.

Mulroney dijo que cuando los líderes mundiales trataban con Bush, "sabían que estaban tratando con un caballero, un líder genuino, uno que era distinguido, resuelto y valiente".

11:50 a.m .: Jenna Bush Hager entrega una lectura

La segunda lectura, del Libro de la Revelación de la Biblia, fue presentada por otra nieta de la difunta presidenta, Jenna Bush Hager.

Hager, de 37 años, es una de las dos hijas del ex presidente George W. Bush. Ella es conocida por su trabajo como colaboradora en el programa "Today Show" de NBC.

11:40 a.m .: Primero de cuatro elogios entregados por el biógrafo de Bush

El historiador presidencial y biógrafo de Bush, Jon Meacham, pronunció el primero de cuatro elogios, y calificó a Bush como "el último gran soldado-estadista de Estados Unidos"

“Un hombre imperfecto, nos dejó una unión más perfecta”, dijo Meacham sobre el 41º presidente.

Sus comentarios incluyeron algunos comentarios amables de Bush por lo que el ex presidente había reconocido que no era su mejor opción: hablar en público.

"La fluidez en inglés", dijo el presidente Bush en una ocasión, "es algo de lo que a menudo no me acusan", dijo Meacham, y agregó: "Su lengua puede haberse desbocado a veces, pero su corazón era firme".

Meacham también relató que Bush fue derribado como piloto de la Marina en 1944 y apenas escapó de la muerte.

"Y así preguntamos, como él lo hizo tan a menudo: ¿Por qué él? ¿Por qué se salvó? ”, Dijo Meacham. "El funcionamiento de la Providencia es misterioso, pero esto está claro: el George Herbert Walker Bush que sobrevivió a esa ardiente caída en las aguas del Pacífico hizo nuestras vidas, y las vidas de las naciones, más libres, mejores, más cálidas, más nobles".

11:25 a.m .: Primera lectura entregada por las nietas de Bush

La primera lectura, del Libro de Isaías de la Biblia, fue pronunciada por dos nietas del difunto presidente, Lauren Bush Lauren y Ashley Walker Bush.

Lauren, de 34 años, es hija de Neil Bush, uno de los hijos del presidente. Anteriormente, tuvo una carrera como modelo antes de cofundar los Proyectos FEED en 2007, una organización sin fines de lucro centrada en la alimentación de niños de todo el mundo. Está casada con David Lauren, el hijo del diseñador de moda Ralph Lauren.

Ashley, de 29 años, es también la hija de Neil Bush. Trabaja como productora de cine.

11:10 a.m .: ataúd de Bush llevado de carroza a catedral

El ataúd de Bush fue retirado del coche de la música "Ruffles and Flourishes" y "Hail to the Chief", seguido del himno "For All the Saints".

"Con fe en Jesucristo, aceptamos el cuerpo de nuestro hermano George para el entierro", dijo el obispo Michael Bruce Curry, jefe de la Iglesia Episcopal en América, en una oración fuera de la catedral.

El ex presidente George W. Bush y su esposa Laura entraron y se detuvieron para darle la mano al presidente Trump y a los otros tres ex presidentes vivos.

El ataúd fue llevado por el pasillo mientras las campanas sonaban.

10:50 a.m .: Trump y la primera dama toman asiento en la primera fila

La presidenta Trump y la primera dama Melania Trump caminaron por el pasillo y ocuparon sus asientos en la primera fila de la catedral junto a los de los ex presidentes Barack Obama, Bill Clinton y Jimmy Carter, todos ellos acompañados por sus esposas.

Ambos Trump estrecharon la mano de los Obamas antes de sentarse.

10:30 a.m .: El ataúd cubierto por la bandera de Bush sale del Capitolio

El ataúd cubierto con la bandera de Bush fue llevado por los escalones del Capitolio mientras los miembros de la familia y los líderes del Congreso observaban. Mientras los miembros del ejército llevaban el ataúd, se jugó "Saludo al jefe" y Bush recibió un saludo de 21 armas.

A medida que avanzaban hacia el coche fúnebre, se escucharon dos himnos: "Mi fe te mira" y "Más cerca de ti, Dios mío".

La caravana abandonó el Capitolio, en dirección a la Avenida Pennsylvania, donde debía pasar por la Casa Blanca antes de dirigirse hacia la Catedral Nacional de Washington.

10:25 a.m .: El presidente Trump sale de la Casa Blanca para el funeral

El presidente Trump y la primera dama Melania Trump emergieron de la residencia de la Casa Blanca y abordaron la limusina presidencial negra.

La caravana comenzó a rodar desde el South Lawn hacia la Catedral Nacional de Washington.

10:10 a.m .: Los dolientes se mezclan mientras esperan el inicio del servicio

Mientras los que lloraban en la Catedral Nacional de Washington esperaban la llegada de la caravana de Bush, se realizaban innumerables conversaciones en el interior.

La jueza de la Corte Suprema, Elena Kagan, podría verse charlando con el senador Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) El presidente del tribunal, John G. Roberts Jr., también estuvo presente.

La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, fue vista hablando con el ex vicepresidente Joe Biden.

Varios miembros del Congreso se alinearon para hablar con el ex presidente Jimmy Carter.

El Fiscal General Interino Matthew G. Whitaker también fue visto en la catedral.


Written by The Millennial TV