Unless you were up very late last night, most of us woke this morning to the news that former 41st President George H. W. Bush had passed away late Friday night at his home. This comes just over 7 months after the death of his wife, Barbara. As the news spread, so did the wave of compassion and sympathies to the Bush family. Bush’s family announced the former president’s death Friday in a statement released by his son, former President George W. Bush. The cause of death has not been released. He was 94 years old.
The late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda early next week, congressional leaders announced today. Leaders of the House and Senate said that a bicameral arrival ceremony will be held Monday evening. The public will be able to pay their respects until Wednesday morning.
President Trump has declared a National Day of Mourning for Wednesday to honor Bush and has ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days. Trump also issued an executive order closing federal agencies and departments on Wednesday. Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to attend Bush’s funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.. Details on the funeral service have not yet been released.
“He was a wonderful man,” Trump said of the late president while speaking to reporters on Saturday during a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Group of 20 summit. Trump said he spoke with Bush’s sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, by phone earlier in the day.
“He was a very fine man. I met him on a number of occasions,” Trump said. “He was a terrific guy and he’ll be missed. He lived a full life and an exemplary life.”
Parts attributed to Washington Post