Trump did not attend the farewell ceremony with Barbara Bush
22 April, 2018, 06:01 | Author: Ann Santiago
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush attends the funeral service for his wife, former first ladyBarbara Bush, with his son the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018.
Mr Trump had said he was staying away to "avoid disruptions due to added security" but added that he would be watching the funeral.
Former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush joked about his mother's famously no-nonsense demeanor.
1st girl Melania Trump, along with former first girls Laura Bush Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, will probably undoubtedly be among the about 1,500 predicted visitors.
Bush's wishes, the ceremony at the Bushes' family church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on Saturday will probably be a Exact simple Support.
The family then headed to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, where Bush would be buried on the library's grounds next to the couple's daughter Robin, who died from leukemia as a child.
Four former presidents joined hundreds of mourners at the private funeral of Barbara Bush hailed as the "first lady of the greatest generation".
Bush II's daughter, Barbara - named after her grandmother - wore a sleeveless black dress with a flouncy skirt with ankle-strap sandals as she spoke before funeral goers at the family's Houston church.
The public was invited to say their final farewells to the former first lady on Friday, and Mrs. She and her husband, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, were married for 73 years.
A eulogy was also given by Susan Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James A Baker III, who said her long-time friend was "the secret sauce of this extraordinary family". She was the second woman in US history to be the wife of one president and the mother of another.
"The Bush School has also instilled in us a feeling of family and so feeling like we are the extended portion of the Bush Family even if we never get to meet them per se is a really big honor", explained Rebecca Skaff. Eight of Bush's grandchildren served as pallbearers, wheeling her coffin out of the church.
George H.W. Bush poses with his wife Barbara during his campaign for Congress in the 1960s. Many were seen embracing in the church before the service.
George H.W. Bush was so moved by how many people lined up Friday to pay their final respects to his wife that he made a decision to go.
"Someone said earlier this morning she was known as 'Grace and Grit, '" said Greenwood on "Fox & Friends" early Saturday morning. The motorcade carrying her body will traverse both George Bush Drive and Barbara Bush Drive on its way to the burial site.
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