Bush's service dog lies next to former president's casket

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America's national farewell to George H.W. Bush begins Monday (Dec 3) with the transfer of his casket aboard the presidential plane from Texas to Washington, where he will lie in state in the rotunda of the US Capitol.

Writing for the Washington Post on Saturday, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

The casket carrying the body of George HW Bush is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon, aboard the United States military plane commonly known as Air Force One.

He added: "A handsome day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President". Bush's body is scheduled to lie in state at the US Capitol from 5 p.m. on Monday until 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The four-day tribute will start on Monday morning with a departure ceremony held at the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston at 11:30 a.m. ET, according to ABC News. He also led the U.S.to a military victory in reversing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's takeover of Kuwait.

While he and his wife, Susan, were on the way home after dinner, Baker said he was called back to Bush's bedside.

In 1799, the nation officially had its first state funeral with the death of George Washington, the first president.

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A photo tweeted on Sunday showed former President George HW Bush's service dog, Sully, lying in front of the 41st president's casket.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor the late president may make donations to the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three. He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union. "He knew that combat meant the death of people, people on your side and people on the other side".

Baker was a young lawyer in Houston grieving his wife's untimely death when Bush, his tennis partner, persuaded him to try something new: help Bush run for office.

Baker said when his presence was announced to Bush earlier Friday, "he opened both eyes". He looked at me, he says, 'Hey, Bake.

"As a true patriot and a visionary, President Bush will forever be viewed by people with disabilities and their families as a hero through his efforts to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act".

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

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