Sully the service dog bids farewell to President George HW Bush

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are greeted by former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush at Blair House opposite the White House on the eve of the state funeral for late president George HW Bush (AFP

Laura Bush accompanied her husband, former President George W. Bush, to Washington for the funeral of his father, Bush 41.

Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet stop to pay their respect in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

Trump's relationship with the Bush family has been tense.

Despite Dole, a longtime USA senator from Kansas, challenging Bush for the Republican nomination in the 1988 presidential race, the two men remained friendly.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue Sunday while showing friends from California around.

"Here lies a great man", House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, eulogized.

The New York Stock Exchange observed a one-minute moment of silence for Bush at 9:20 a.m. on Monday and the NYSE Group Markets will close Wednesday.

President George W. Bush, son of the late president and himself "No. 43" in the line of presidents, led the Bush family in the ceremonial duties at the arrival of the casket and the early commemorations.

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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.

Cannon fire roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and the younger President Bush stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.

Eulogies will be offered by former President George W. Bush, former Sen. There will be a motorcade that transports Bush to Washington National Cathedral for a state funeral.

The commemorations conclude on Thursday, when the casket will be flown back to Houston for a service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church and buried at his presidential library in College Station.

"He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline "Robin" Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or "Bucky" Bush".

He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a degree in economics.

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

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