Former President George H.W. Bush body has been lying in state since Monday in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda while the nation has been paying its respect.
On Tuesday, among mourners filing into the rotunda to pay respects to Bush was his onetime political rival, Bob Dole.
The 95-year-old former Senate majority leader paid a simple but, an emotional tribute to the late president. Done, who’s in a wheelchair due to sustained injuries, stood on the floor of the Capitol rotunda with the help of his aide and offered his gesture beside Bush’s casket.
Like Bush, Dole also served with distinction in World War II. He challenged Bush for the Republican nomination for president both in 1980, when they both lost to former President Ronald Reagan and in 1988, when Bush won his presidency.
Bush’s casket will remain at U.S. Capitol until Wednesday to give an opportunity to the American people to honor his life and service. Several American politicians have already paid their respects to Bush, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence, by offering nation’s condolences to his family.
President Donald Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump have also visited the casket as well as Sully, H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, which paid the US Capitol Rotunda a visit on Monday.
The funeral is scheduled to take place Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. Bush’s casket will be taken to College Station, Texas where his remains will be buried next to his wife, Barbara, and his daughter, Robin, at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.
Bob Dole pays his respects to former Pres. George H.W. Bush at the Capitol Rotunda, helped from his wheelchair to stand before the 41st president's casket. https://t.co/vE11LUs9k7 pic.twitter.com/8q3KT6WQvH
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