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George H.W. Bush's Funeral Train Will Be First in 49 Years

06 December 2018

He then pushed the item into Michelle Obama's hand, before going around the front of the pew to say hello to the Clintons and Carters.

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.

"He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country", he said.

She saw that he was handing one to former first lady Laura Bush and asked for one as well.

As the world mourns the death of former President George H.W. Bush, ABC News contributor Cokie Roberts remembered his time as president and what distinguished him from the modern political climate on this week's Powerhouse Politics podcast. "So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man".

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He became emotional while describing "the best father a son or daughter could have". "And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin, and holding Mom's hand again".

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President from 1989 to 1993, George H.W. passed away at his home in Houston last Friday, just seven months after the passing of his wife Barbara Bush, in April of this year.

But the former president might not have expected such honor.

The lines of mourners have been steady since the president's casket was brought to Washington Monday.

George H.W. Bush's Funeral Train Will Be First in 49 Years