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Washington mourns George H.W. Bush

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AFP, WASHINGTON

He served as a congressman, ambassador to China, CIA director and vice president to then-US president Ronald Reagan, before winning the White House.

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 and mocking former Florida governor Jeb Bush during the Republican primaries.

George H.W. Bush branded Trump a “blowhard,” and revealed he did not vote for him.

At a time of political fissures, admirers of the 41st US president looked to him this week as a dedicated servant of country, who aimed to do good and bridge political divides.

“His life code, as he said, was tell the truth, don’t blame people, be strong, do your best, try hard, forgive, stay the course,” presidential historian Jon Meacham told the service.

Afterward, the presidential aircraft carried the casket and the Bush family to Texas, touching down in Houston at 5pm.

After a service at St Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bushes worshiped for decades, the burial was scheduled yesterday.

George H.W. Bush is to be interred at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, next to his wife, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age three.

“In our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again, “ George W. Bush said.

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