George W. Bush has sweet exchange with Michelle Obama at father's funeral

Days of mourning, processions and services for the passing of President George H.W. Bush culminated in a service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Afterward, he will be laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.

"The world became a better place because George Bush occupied the White House for four years", said Baker, who concluded his remarks fighting back tears. They were there to honor the life of a great man and former president. "He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship".

Bush told NBC News that she and her twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, were "both heartbroken" by the death of their grandfather, 41st president of the United States George H.W. Bush.

Still, there were reminders of lingering tensions. In their row together, Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton stood with their spouses and all placed their hands over their hearts.

Bush's son, former president George W. Bush, delivered the last eulogy.

Bush says he told his father just before he died that he had been a "wonderful dad" and that he loved him.

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The funeral service began at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, with more than a thousand people in attendance, according to The Associated Press.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that the day marked "a celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life". He will be missed!

Trump's ascendancy to the head of the Republican Party saw him exchange vitriolic attacks with the Bushes, notably slamming the presidential son's 2003 invasion of Iraq as "one of the worst decisions in the history of our country".

The Democrat served as U.S. president for three years between January 20, 1977 and January 20, 1981.

Bush choked up at the end of his eulogy before regaining his composure.

Bush put together a US-led global coalition that ousted invading Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991 and was president when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Like they have in interviews leading up to Thursday's (Dec. 6) funeral service in Houston, Bonsall talked about how it was an honor to sing for "our president".

In the crowd sat Jordan's King, Britain's Prince of Wales, Germany's Chancellor and Poland's President, a reflection of a foreign policy hailed as measured and based in core American values.

Most federal government offices will be closed on Wednesday as many federal workers will get the day off.

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.

Bill Clinton and Mrs. Obama smiled and chatted as music played.

Vanessa Coleman

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