President George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog ‘Sully’ Salutes Companion At Capitol

Lewis Collier
December 6, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush's recently maligned service dog, Sully, was among the mourners who filed into the U.S. Capitol to remember the late president Tuesday afternoon. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, his casket will be taken to the National Cathedral for a funeral.

Mr Trump repeatedly criticised Mr Bush Jnr's policies, not least his Middle Eastern military intervention, and defeated Jeb Bush, his brother, in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, dubbing him "low-energy Jeb". Bush died last April and Robin died from leukemia at just four years old.

Among those who paid their respects to the 41st president, the current head of state, Donald Trump and the First Lady, Melania, visited the casket at the rotunda.

He did not attend the funeral this year of the elder Bush's wife Barbara, even though former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were there.

Although Mr Bush's funeral services are suffused with the pomp afforded to U.S. presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington.

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Bush and family pose in front of George H.W. Bush's official portrait, which is draped with black cloth. Service dogs are trained to do that.

Bush, father of the 43rd president, George W. Bush, will be buried on Thursday in Texas.

Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

After moving to Texas to work in the oil business, Mr Bush turned his attention to politics in the 1960s, where he was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

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Bush, a Navy pilot, was shot down during the war in 1944.

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