National day of mourning: What's open and what's closed on Wednesday

05 December, 2018, 04:14 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, is honored: 'Mission complete'

The Republican former President died on Friday at the age of 94.

Earlier, Laura Bush went over to get a tour with Melania of the White House Christmas decorations.

Leaders said they'll push off until later this month a looming shutdown showdown, eager to avoid tainting the commemoration of Mr. Bush with unseemly brinksmanship.

Bush's body was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged residents to wear colorful socks at an evening event in front of City Hall in a nod to one of the late former president's favorite fashion accessories. And flanked by statues of his fellow champions whom he joined in making that story possible.

Postal Service announced on its website that all retail locations will be closed Wednesday and home delivery will be suspended for the day, with the exception of some package deliveries.

Google Maps shows the trip will likely take 16 minutes to drive to Blair House from the White House. "But he was also just a good man", Mr. Pence said.

After the official ceremony, the public was allowed to pay its respects.

Mary Kasper, of Arlington, Virginia, said she was working overseas in London during the first Gulf War, deemed an unqualified success on Mr. Bush's watch.

"I think we need to be a little bit thoughtful and careful about how we interpret what President Trump is doing here", Engel said. "I wasn't the biggest fan of his presidency, but all in all he was a good honest guy doing a really hard job as best he could".

Bush served two terms as vice president under Republican President Ronald Reagan before his own stint in the Oval Office from 1989 to 1993, a time that saw the end of the Cold War as well as the United States routing of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army in the 1991 Gulf War.

Inside the Capitol, people in wheelchairs visited the casket alongside Sully, the 2-year-old Labrador retriever assigned to Bush after his wife, Barbara, died in April. "President Bush answered the call to serve whenever our nation needed him - and we needed him often and in so many important capacities".

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