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Leaders praise humility, kindness of George H.W. Bush as he lies in state

December 20, 2018
Former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, left, and other family members watch as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

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WASHINGTON — The casket of President George Herbert Walker Bush was laid on a platform in the rotunda of the Capitol on Monday afternoon in a solemn ceremony honoring his decades of service as a Navy combat pilot, congressman, vice president, and president.

Vice President Pence, senators and House members from both parties, Supreme Court justices and Cabinet officials past and present gathered to pay homage to Bush, whose death Friday, less than a month after a rancorous midterm election, reminded many of a less divisive time in American politics.

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