George W. Bush made a surprising return to father's casket to express gratitude to all the mourners
The former president, George W. Bush, and his wife returned to where his father lied in State to pay their respects once again and to greet well-wishers and mourners from the public.
It came as a surprise when former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush returned to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to pay their respects again to his father, late President George H.W. Bush.
'Devastated' George W. Bush Working on Not 'Breaking Down' During Father's Eulogy as Family Makes Emotional Return to Rotunda https://t.co/2g4t7FCcMS— People (@people) December 5, 2018
George W. Bush approached his father’s casket and placed a hand on the flag-draped coffin with somber eyes as his wife Laura stood by his side in support.
After a few moments in deep thought, the former presidential couple joined the assembled crowd of visitors to express their gratitude and take pictures. George W. Bush then exchanged pleasantries with others in the Rotunda gallery while other family members also paid their respects.
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Jenna Hager Bush and her twin sister, Barbara also attended to pay respect to their grandfather one last time. 37-year-old Jenna was comforted by her husband Henry Chase Hager whom she had been married to since 2008 and share two beautiful children with.
Her twin sister Barbara had her husband Craig Coyne, whom she married earlier this year, by her side to help her through this challenging time.
The former Florida Governor and their uncle, Jeb Bush and his wife, Columbia Bush, also paid their respects as they spent a few private, solemn moments as they stood next to his casket.
George W. Bush seemed in higher spirits on Tuesday, after an emotional memorial ceremony held on Monday honoring the late George H.W. Bush.
Several hundred people came together in front of Houston’s City Hall for a memorial in the former President George H.W. Bush’s adopted hometown.
The sea of red, blue and white lights brightened the dark of night as Laura Bush stood by her husband during the emotional ceremony.
George H.W. Bush's Children and Grandchildren Mourn Their Late Patriarch at U.S. Capitol Ceremony https://t.co/1D3dkikf9h— People (@people) December 4, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paid his respects to the late former president as she said:
“He kept us flying high and challenged us to fly high higher still. He did it with modesty and kindness that would have been surprising in someone one-tenth as tough and accomplished as he was. 'We stand with you in mourning, but also in gratitude. Gratitude for lives well lived, and duties thoroughly fulfilled. Gratitude that God gave this country, George and Barbara Bush. They may now be reunited in the light of His grace.”
Later thousands of Americans sang and held up their phones while Clay Walker played Hallelujah. After the news of George H.W. Bush’s passing, current President Trump tweeted that the late former president set the stage for decades of prosperity and have inspired generations of Americans to public service.
Former presidents also shared their condolences, as Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary praised George H. W. Bush for his devotion to his family and his outstanding leadership, with a great heart always on display.
Barack Obama also pointed out that George H.W. Bush’s life was “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling.” But Obama also praised Bush’s expansion of America’s promise and leaving behind something better.