Houstonians pay final respects to President George H.W. Bush

Cameron Pollack  NPR

As top politicians gathered to attend the state funeral services for George W H Bush, his son George W Bush was spotted slipping a piece of candy to Michelle Obama. The Navy is planning a 21-aircraft missing man formation for the interment ceremony of the former president at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, on Thursday. A national funeral service for Bush was held Wednesday in Washington.

Those wishing to pay their respects to the president are lining up at another church a couple miles away, waiting to be shuttled to Bush's home church. Blair House is also known as the President's Guest House. He appeared to switch something into his right hand before he shook Mrs. Obama's hand and then hand something to her.

Bush can be seen digging an item out of his left pocket as he approached the front pew of the National Cathedral, where President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, as well as three former Democratic presidents and first ladies, were seated.

The nation is bidding a final farewell to America's 41st president.

Bush died last week in Houston at age 94. Abraham Lincoln's funeral train was the first, in 1865.

The four entrances to the Rotunda were draped in black as Bush's body lay in state, an honor bestowed to only 31 others in the history of the United States (Lincoln being the first president).

One of those who entered the Rotunda Tuesday was former Senator Bob Dole, a rival to Bush in the 1988 Republican presidential primary.

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