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US honours Bush at state funeral
December 06, 2018
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WASHINGTON: The late President George HW Bush was remembered at his state funeral on Wednesday as a World War Two hero, Cold War veteran and commander in chief of a US victory against Iraq who went on to represent a bygone era of civility in American politics.

An unusual bipartisan spirit was on display at the service at the Washington National Cathedral with both Republican and Democratic politicians gathering to honour a president who called for a “kinder, gentler” nation.

Bush, the 41st US president, died last week in Texas aged 94.

“George HW Bush was America’s last great soldier-statesman,” Jon Meacham, a presidential biographer, said in a eulogy. “He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism. He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship,” he said.

The capital’s current political feuds were briefly set aside in honour of the late president, a naval aviator who was shot down over the Pacific Ocean in World War Two, and former head of the CIA.

President Donald Trump shook hands with his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, who he has often sharply criticised, as he took his seat at the cathedral.

Reuters

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