Watch live: Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush – CBS News


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December 5, 2018, 11:48 AM

  • Thousands honoring the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

    President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, as the nation remembers its 41st president. Mr. Bush has been lying in state since Monday in the Capitol.

    The ceremony began at 11 a.m., and can be watched in the live player above.

  • Jenna Bush Hager reads from Revelations 21

    Mr. Bush’s granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager — who is both the daughter and granddaughter of presidents — read from Revelations 21.

    “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,” she read with emotion.

  • Meacham recalls the time Bush shook a mannequin’s hand

    Presidential biographer Jon Meacham recalled with humor the time Mr. Bush shook a mannequin’s hand when looking for votes on the campaign trail. He soon realized his mistake.

    “On the primary campaign trail in New Hampshire once, he grabbed the hand of a department store mannequin asking for votes. When he realized his mistake, he said, ‘Never know. Gotta ask,'” Meacham remembered.

  • Biographer Jon Meacham says Bush 41 was an “imperfect” man who left a “more perfect” union

    Presidential biographer Jon Meacham delivered the first remarks about the former president.

    “An imperfect man, he left us a more perfect union,” he said.

    Meacham said the former president taught others to heed not their worst instincts, but to live to be their best selves.

    Meacham also spoke of the tender relationship Mr. Bush and Barbara Bush had. She said he was the only man she ever kissed, a comment that repulsed her children.

  • Funeral program details

    Here is the program outline for the 41st president’s funeral:

    • Lauren Bush Lauren and Ashley Walker Bush reading, Isaiah 60:1-5, 18-20
    • Presidential historian and author Jon Meacham delivers tribute
    • Jenna Bush Hager reading, Revelation 21:1-4; 6-7; 23-25
    • Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney delivers tribute
    • Former Sen. Alan Simpson delivers tribute
    • Ronan Tynan sings anthem
    • Former Pres. George W. Bush delivers tribute
    • Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of National Cathedral delivers Gospel
    • Rev. Russell Levenson, Jr., Rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, delivers homily
  • Casket carried into cathedral in procession

    The casket of the former president was carried solemnly by members of the military into the cathedral, as an emotional former President George W. Bush looked on.

  • Former President George W. Bush enters cathedral

    Former President George W. Bush entered the cathedral at 11:13 a.m., alongside former first lady Laura Bush. He shook the hands of Mr. Trump and the first lady, along with all the other former presidents and first ladies seated in the front row of the cathedral.

    As the first hymn together began, George H.W. Bush looked on at first, not singing.

  • Bush family walks into cathedral

    The Bush family walked solemnly down the middle of the cathedral towards the front shortly after 11 a.m.

  • Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive

    With barely 10 minutes to spare and nearly everyone else seated, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in the cathedral.

    Mr. Trump exchanged cordial, but not warm, handshakes with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, as he took his seat. The first lady is seated in between them.

    President Trump and three former presidents and first ladies stand together at state funeral for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral

    U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand with former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter in the front row at the state funeral for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, U.S., December 5, 2018.

    Kevin Lamarque / REUTERS

  • Clintons arrive at cathedral

    Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with their daughter, Chelsea, were pictured in the cathedral at roughly 10:30 a.m. They interacted with the Obamas briefly, along with other dignitaries.

  • The Obamas arrive at National Cathedral

    Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are in the National Cathedral. The Obamas interacted briefly with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence.

  • Prince Charles spotted in National Cathedral

    England’s Prince Charles was spotted in the National Cathedral Wednesday morning, speaking with Major Gen. Colin Powell.

  • Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in cathedral

    Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process was a battle this fall, is in attendance at the National Cathedral.

  • Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner in National Cathedral

    President Trump’s daughter and senior aide Ivanka Trump, and Trump son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner were spotted in the National Cathedral.

    The current president and first lady are expected to leave the White House shortly.

  • Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush leave Blair House

    Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush departed Blair House en route to the National Cathedral shortly before 10 a.m.

  • Peyton Manning, Phil Michelson arrive

    Former NFL star Peyton Manning and golf pro Phil Michelson arrived at the cathedral Wednesday morning.

    Manning also visited Bush’s casket on Tuesday.

    Former NFL quarterback Manning arrives for funeral of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral

    Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning arrives prior to the state funeral for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, U.S., December 5, 2018.

    Jim Young / REUTERS

  • Thousands visited Bush’s casket in the Capitol

    From Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning, thousands of people filed through the Capitol Rotunda to pay their respects to the former president.

    One of the most poignant moments came Tuesday, when Mr. Bush’s former political rival and fellow World War II veteran Bob Dole stood from his wheelchair to pay his respects.

  • Dole salutes Bush

    Washington DC In Mourning For Late President George H.W. Bush

    WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 4: Former Senator Bob Dole stands up and salutes the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning.

    Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Former Bush political rival and fellow World War II veteran Bob Dole stood to pay his respects to the former president on Tuesday, in what became one of the most poignant moments of the viewing of his casket.

  • National Cathedral begins to fill up

    Long before the funeral was set to begin, guests began arriving at the National Cathedral to remember the former president.

    According to the Bush family spokesman, the cathedral seats more than 3,000 people, and they expect it to be filled to capacity.

  • Trump tweets his respect for Bush 41

    Mr. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he looks forward to celebrating the life of the former president with the Bush family.

    Mr. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a brief visit to Blair House to visit with the Bushes Tuesday, and the first lady and former first lady Laura Bush toured the White House Christmas decorations.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Blair House

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Bush family at Blair House early Wednesday morning. She is expected to attend the funeral.



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