Former US President George HW Bush to be remembered at Houston funeral

Nation set to say goodbye to Bush

"He looked for the good in everybody, and usually he found it", President George W. Bush told 3,000 political leaders and family members who congregated at the National Cathedral to say goodbye.

People lined up Wednesday night at St. Martin's Episcopal Church to pay their respects to Bush, who died last week at the age of 94. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming, regaled the congregation with stories from his years as Bush's friend in Washington.

He was one of the five living USA commanders in chief at the event; Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama all attended along with President Donald Trump.

Since Bush's death, Trump has traded his usual provocative posture for one of respect and solemnity, tweeting before heading to the cathedral about "a day of celebration for a great man".

The funeral at the Washington National Cathedral brought together the current and all former living presidents.

The family occupied the White House for a dozen years - the 41st president defeated after one term, the 43rd serving two. "Come here, Don", he said, before his producer reached out to shake hands, just to have Lemon turn and stare him down but never greet him.

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He was seen good-naturedly greeting Bill Clinton as he took his seat.

Meacham remembered Bush as "America's last great soldier statesman, a 20th century founding father", who stood firm against both totalitarianism and "unthinking partisanship".

Trump declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in the US, part of a week-long series of commemorations that began Monday with a solemn public visitation in the Capitol rotunda. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

"It was at that point, President Bush said, 'Can I take this for a drive?'" Iden said. Ostensibly, that's because the family already had a ready-made former president waiting in the wings: the fallen leader's son, whose eulogy collapsed briefly into tears as he imagined his father reunited with his late wife Barbara and daughter Robin, lost to leukemia in 1953.

A patrician figure, Bush was voted out of office in part for failing to connect with ordinary Americans during an economic recession.

Former President George W Bush wipes his eye at the State Funeral for his father.

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