Union Pacific to participate in Bush funeral procession

Solemn preparations were underway on Sunday for America's national farewell to George H.W. Bush, whose casket will be flown from Texas to Washington aboard a presidential aircraft to lie in state at the start of a days-long state homage.

Bush died at his Houston home on Friday at age 94. The train will take about 2½ hours to travel roughly 70 miles to the city of College Station, home to Bush's presidential library at Texas A&M University. Bush's casket will then be transported by motorcade to the presidential library, where he will be buried at the gated family plot near his wife and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.

The entire campus, except for dining services, will be closed for the day.

Following the funeral, Bush will return to Joint Base Andrews at 1:15 p.m. and depart back to Houston.

Trump, who has not always uttered kind words about the Bush family, offered nothing but praise in the hours after the former president's death was announced. "He sang couple of songs for President Bush on that last evening", Baker said.

Bush served as Central Intelligence Agency director when Carter first ran for president 1976.

Historians believe Harry S. Truman's folksy aphorism about friends in Washington and dogs is probably apocryphal - the 33rd USA president didn't actually like dogs - but he would surely have fallen for Sully's charms.

George H.W. Bush's casket will lie in state from 5 p.m. Monday until 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman confirms former President Jimmy Carter plans to attend the state funeral on Wednesday.

"He was just a high-quality man who truly loved his family", Trump said Saturday while in Argentina.

His fans have multiplied since his work gained more attention following Bush's death, and an outpouring of appreciation for the dog has been part of the mourning process. Obama welcomed Bush to the White House in a salute to public service and to the drive for volunteerism that the 41st president inspired with his "thousand points of light" initiative more than two decades ago. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president.

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

Vanessa Coleman