Emotional picture shows President George HW Bush’s dog lying in vigil

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Solemn preparations were underway Sunday for America's national farewell to George H.W. Bush, whose casket is to be flown from Texas to Washington aboard a presidential aircraft to lie in state at the start of a days-long state homage.

"Bush of course was defeated for re-election and most people at the time considered him a failed president" because of a recession during his time in the White House.

The Supreme Court is delaying arguments by a day while a national day of mourning is held for former President George H.W. Bush. Trump also announced that he'll be sending one of the Boeing 747s that serves as Air Force One to Houston to transport Bush's casket to Washington, D.C.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted a photo of the presidential plane on a tarmac.

Bush's son and 43rd President George W. Bush shared the photograph and wrote: "As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home as he did to 41". Bush will lie in state in the rotunda until Wednesday morning.

The casket will then be transported to the cathedral for the funeral service - the fourth there of a former president. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are scheduled to attend. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney told Politico he will deliver one of several eulogies at the service, at Bush's request.

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On Sunday, students, staff, and visitors had flocked to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston.

He will be interred next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter, Pauline Robinson Bush, who died in 1953 at age 3.

His time as president was marked by the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf war against Saddam Hussein. So Sully's job was to help Bush open doors, pick up dropped items, and to support him while standing.

"And 41 said, 'I love you, too, ' and those were the last words that he ever spoke", Baker said.

Bush died at 94 on Friday.

"Little did I know or did he know, of course, that by 10 o'clock that night he'd be in heaven", Baker said.

George W Bush said that during his two terms in office, he rarely called on his father's counsel.