Federal offices to close for national day of mourning

US President Donald Trump salutes alongside first lady Melania Trump in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington Dec. 3 2018

The founder of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN'-sah), attended U.S. President George H.W. Bush's state funeral in Washington wearing a T-shirt with the word "Konstytucja" (Constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in his homeland against the populist government.

The New Yorker was a particularly bad offender, with writer Thomas Mallon describing Bush as a character who had an "irreducible niceness" to him, a man who waged a "just" war in Iraq and a president who "presided over a brief but glorious Pax Americana".

A visibly emotional Dole was wheeled into the Capitol rotunda where Bush's body lie in state.

President Donald Trump and George P. Bush's father, Jeb, engaged in a vitriolic primary rivalry during the 2016 campaign, and Trump has mocked and criticized the legacies of both Presidents Bush.

Bush died last week at the age of 94 at his home in Texas after years of failing health.

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It will be the eighth funeral train in USA history and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower's body travelled from the National Cathedral in Washington through seven states to his Kansas hometown of Abilene 49 years ago.

As a specially-trained service dog, Sully was able to assist Bush, who was suffering from Parkinson's in his later years, by opening doors and being able to get help, should the former president have needed it. A national funeral service for Bush was held Wednesday in Washington. He was then presented to the 41st president shortly after the death of his wife, Barbara.

After services in Washington, Mr Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church before burial on Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds.

Along with Donald Trump and Melania Trump, former USA presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were seated in the first row of the Washington National Cathedral along with their spouses when Bush, the 43rd president took a moment to shake each of their hands.

Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days. When online news site Slate posted an article with the headline "Don't Spend your Emotional Energy on Sully H.W. Bush" people went ballistic.

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