Sully the service dog bids farewell to President George HW Bush

Sully the service dog bids farewell to President George HW Bush

Sully the service dog bids farewell to President George HW Bush

US-POLITICS-BUSHSully, the service dog is seen as people pay respects, as the remains of former US President George H.W. Bush lie in state in the US Capitol's rotunda December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Mr. Bush is the first president since President Ford's 2006 death to lie in state, and the nation's capital excels at the pageantry.

Controversial as a politician, the 41st president has been feted in death as the embodiment of a public servant - with some of the commemorations pointedly contrasting him with the current White House occupant.

America's VetDogs, the organization that assigned Sully to former President Bush in June after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, tweeted a sweet photo of Sully sleeping Monday, after a long day comforting mourners. Bush is survived by five children, including former president George Bush and former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush, and 17 grandchildren.

Although Bush's funeral services are suffused with the flourishes accorded presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington.

Following the service in Washington, Bush will be flown to Houston Wednesday to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot behind the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

Former president George W. Bush weeps after delivering his eulogy at the state funeral for his father George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral
'Mission complete': Sully the service dog to accompany Bush one last time

"President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation". The war lasted just 100 hours.

The late president's service dog, Sully, also visited the casket Tuesday. "I don't think there are leaders like that today - the World War II generation, especially".

Fred Curry, one of the few African-Americans in line, is a registered Democrat from Hyattsville, Maryland, who voted for Bush in 1988, the election won by the one-term president.

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He was denied a second term by Arkansas Gov. Clinton, who would later become a close friend.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

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