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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — George H. W. Bush honored with state funeral| Sights and sounds| Trump seated next to Obamas, Clintons| Dignitaries, notables pay their respects| Latest on Mueller, Flynn| Trump tries to calm investors after stock slide
HAPPENING THIS MORNING
Remembering our 41st president:
3,000 invited guests are gathered at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the life of former President George H. W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94. https://nbcnews.to/2SxOcF1
Livestream of the funeral service: https://cs.pn/2BQPUvq
Live blog of updates: http://bit.ly/2G2U4EE
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE FUNERAL:
Video of Bush’s casket leaving the Capitol as his family and congressional leaders watched: http://bit.ly/2zIfbqi
D. C. has seen a lot of this today: “Heading north toward the Cathedral: four VIP buses under police escort.” (Tweet from Time’s Phil Elliott) http://bit.ly/2QaQsFn
Photo of the VIP buses escorted by police: http://bit.ly/2Ehlqp9
Photo of Prince Charles at the funeral: http://bit.ly/2rlgWFe
German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to D. C. for the memorial: Via journalist Emily Schultheis, here’s a photo of her motorcade: http://bit.ly/2ro5QPX
It’s Rudy: Here’s a photo of President Trump ‘s lawyer Rudy Giuliani arriving at National Cathedral: http://bit.ly/2SvSf4y
The press view of the funeral inside the cathedral: http://bit.ly/2KWHtlj
Hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers are outside the Capitol watching: Photos from The Hill’s Scott Wong: http://bit.ly/2Plsoue
Video of the Secret Service lined up to greet the casket as it passed the White House: http://bit.ly/2E2syof
From former first daughter Barabara Bush: Bush, 37, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie: “I think we’re both heartbroken… We of course expected our grandfather to pass away soon. I mean, he’s 94. And yet it came as such a shock… And yet, I think, I also get a lot of joy knowing that he’s with our grandmother now.” http://bit.ly/2QdACJX
From former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney: During Mulroney’s remarks, he said Bush “taught him this about international relations: ‘The smaller the country, the longer the speech.’” http://bit.ly/2ATdKVD
Mulroney on when world leaders met Bush: “they knew that they were dealing with a gentleman; a genuine leader; one who was distinguished, resolute and brave.” http://bit.ly/2BRVgH5
From historian Jon Meacham: “A young George H. W. Bush once wrote to wife Barbara, ‘I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life…” http://bit.ly/2rkT70j
This line is getting traction — from former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.): “Those who take the high road of humility in Washington, D. C. are not bothered by heavy traffic.” It even got a laugh from four presidents — watch: http://bit.ly/2EfT5iY
From former President George W. Bush: “I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young [as] late as possible.” http://bit.ly/2QEu2eU
On Simpson’s speech — lol: “Bush says his father loved a good joke. ‘That’s why he chose Simpson to speak.'” http://bit.ly/2G2EIQC
On finding the good in life: “He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it.” http://bit.ly/2rkWeW3
On his father’s life: “He had two settings: Full-throttle … and sleep” http://bit.

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