Mail service suspended for President Bush's state funeral


WASHINGTON: America´s national farewell to George H.W. Bush began Monday as the 41st US president embarked from Texas on his final journey to Washington, where his remains will lie in state in the US Capitol rotunda.

George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington, the USA capital that is remembering the 41st president's lifetime of public service that began in the navy during the Second World War, ended with one term as the country's leader, and was characterized by what admirers say was his innate decency, generosity and kindness.

After a funeral route that will take the late President by plane from Houston to Washington D.C. and back again, a Union Pacific train led by a locomotive dubbed the "Bush 4141" will carry him to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are expected to pay their respects at the Capitol later on Monday evening.

"Just incredible", Jeb Bush tweeted. Presidents are traditionally asked to eulogize presidents who have died - and in past state events like this, that has been the case - but the Bush family is unlike any other and has another president in the family who will fill that role. Bush died late Friday at age 94.

Former President George W. Bush, with former first lady Laura Bush, listens to eulogies for his father, President George H.W. Bush, as he lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda where in Washington, Dec. 3, 2018. Mr Bush will be buried in Texas on Thursday. "Bush of course was defeated for re-election and most people at the time considered him a failed president" because of a recession during his time in the White House.

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Trump has ordered the federal government to close on Wednesday and both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed on Wednesday in observance.

All day, thousands of people walked by his flag-covered casket.

Bob Dole, 95, an advocate of that legislation and the former Senate majority leader from Kansas, came in a wheelchair to honor his fellow World War II veteran. He joined the navy when he turned 18.

Bush's political locus was foreign policy and America's place in the world, and he claimed successes including navigating the end of the Cold War and marshalling a global coalition to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait in the first Gulf War. As a younger man, he survived the destruction of his Navy bomber by Japanese gunnery, served diplomatically from China to the United Nations to the Central Intelligence Agency, then lived to see one of his sons become a war-on-terror president and another's ambitions crushed by a single hyphenated word-"low-energy"-in the Trumpian cataclysm of 2016".

"Good, that's where I want to go", Bush said.