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Trumps to attend state funeral for George HW Bush

08 December 2018

When former President George H.W. Bush's family and friends shared the news of his death at the age of 94 on Friday, they used the code word "CAVU", an acronym familiar to pilots that stands for "ceiling and visibility unlimited".

Goldie Hawn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Takei, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Jeffrey Wright, and Chaz Bono were also among those from the Hollywood sector sending thoughts up for the Bush family, as well as former Vice President Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton released tributes.

Trump also did not attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. "George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for", George W. Bush's statement reads.

A bicameral arrival ceremony will be held for President Bush on Monday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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In 1991, AHEPA presented President Bush with the AHEPA Socrates Award in the Oval Office. For the remainder of his life, Bush would keep a distance from the political fray, looking on while one son, George W. Bush, won two terms as president, and another, Jeb Bush, was elected governor of Florida twice before attempting his own run at the presidency.

"It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America's greatest points of light", Trump said in a statement.

Former President Barack Obama said, "America has lost a patriot and humble servant" and described the "tremendous good" Bush accomplished in his life - from helping new immigrants to reducing nuclear weapons and "ending the Cold War without firing a shot". "As president, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed". 'Thousand points of light?' I never got that one. "And I think in an odd way, he made it look so easy that people don't appreciate how hard a task he had".

Trumps to attend state funeral for George HW Bush