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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
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.
Livestream of the funeral service:
Live blog of updates:
Video of Bush’s casket leaving the Capitol as his family and congressional leaders watched:
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)
Photo of the VIP buses escorted by police:
Photo of Prince Charles at the funeral:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to D. C. for the memorial: Via journalist Emily Schultheis, here’s a photo of her motorcade:
It’s Rudy: Here’s a photo of President Trump ‘s lawyer Rudy Giuliani arriving at National Cathedral:
The press view of the funeral inside the cathedral:
Hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers are outside the Capitol watching: Photos from The Hill’s Scott Wong:
Video of the Secret Service lined up to greet the casket as it passed the White House:
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.”
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.’”
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.”
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…”
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:
From former President George W. Bush: “I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young [as] late as possible.”
On Simpson’s speech — lol: “Bush says his father loved a good joke. ‘That’s why he chose Simpson to speak.'”
On finding the good in life: “He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it.”
On his father’s life: “He had two settings: Full-throttle … and sleep” http://bit.

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