Almost 30 years later, Mulroney again spared few superlatives Wednesday during a solemn and reverential state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral, predicting that the 41st president would go down in history as the strongest, bravest and most distinguished commander-in-chief the United States has ever known.
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Bush's remains were accompanied by members of his family, and were taken by motorcade to St Martin's Episcopal Church.
And Meacham said that late in his presidency, Bush's tongue ran amok when he said: "We are enjoying sluggish times, but we're not enjoying them very much".
At Thursday's funeral, Baker said, "The world became a better place because George Bush occupied the White House for four years".
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"Dynasty is always a tough word", she said of the Bush family legacy, "but the family basically will have a position in the country of being a family that cares about public service".
Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming, regaled the congregation with stories from his years as Bush's friend in Washington. But he did not greet the other two former Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, sharing the front pew, or their spouses, including Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 election opponent.
Trump tweeted Wednesday that the day marked "a celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life".
"Denton Ragland said he worked on Bush's presidential campaign in 1988, and that he's gotten more emotional about Bush's death than he expected". The Obamas shook the Trumps' hands and Michelle Obama told the president, "good morning".
Trump closed the federal government on Wednesday to mark a day of mourning for Bush, and several U.S. financial exchanges were closed.
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Mulroney hailed the first Gulf War - a "Bush initiative, from beginning to end" - as "one of the most spectacular and successful global initiatives ever undertaken in modern history".
As Cuomo argued that shaking hands with Trump showed that, Lemon doubled down, "That's why he's president and I'm not".
Who will attend and speak at George H.W. Bush's funeral? Former Sen. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival.
The late Bush's feelings about Trump were harsh at times.
Most federal government offices will be closed on Wednesday as many federal workers will get the day off. "I want to say that I don't think I would shake hands with them".
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