The 41st President entered the Oval Office with the longest political resume of any president in modern times: Vice President. Congressman. United Nations ambassador. Republican national chairman. U.S. liaison to China. Director of the CIA. This week, as the nation honored former President George H.W. Bush, USA TODAY Network photographers captured the most poignant moments from the events in Washington and Houston.
Bob Dole saluted a fellow World War II veteran under the Capitol dome as he rose to honor George H.W. Bush on Dec. 4, 2018. Dole, the 95-year-old former Senate majority leader, relied on an aide to help him stand on the floor of the Capitol rotunda before offering his gesture beside the casket of Bush, his onetime rival in the 1988 Republican presidential primary. Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, described the salute as "a last, powerful gesture of respect from one member of the Greatest Generation, @SenatorDole, to another."Dole was among mourners filing into the rotunda to pay respects to Bush on day two of his lying in state, a day that also drew Colin Powell, his former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, and Sully, the yellow Labrador who worked as the former president's service dog.
President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush look on as President George H.W. Bush arrives to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 3, 2018.
Former President George H.W. Bush is honored with a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral. Bush, died Nov. 30 at age 94.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melanie Trump arrive as former President George H.W. Bush is honored with a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.
President George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, with Valerie Cramer of America's VetDogs at the U.S. Capitol to honor late president on Dec. 4, 2018. Sully, a service dog trained by America's VetDogs, will join Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program after the holidays.
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