Former President George H.W. Bush dies: North Carolina officials react


House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol this week, giving Americans a final chance to pay their respects.

President George H.W. Bush hands a pen to Vladimir Raiz after signing a Passover message at the White House, Washington on Wednesday, April 4, 1990 as his wife Karmella looks on.

With the passing of the 94-year-old Bush on Friday, warm memories of the president have washed over the internet and (most) news outlets.

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"It will then be reset and it will be sent to Houston to pick up the casket of President Bush and it will be sent back to Washington", Trump said from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he is attending the G-20 summit.

Although the two Republican presidents were in many ways polar opposites - the soft-spoken, patrician Bush reportedly once dismissed the blustering New Yorker as a "blowhard" and even voted for his rival Hillary Clinton - Trump paid the late leader a gracious tribute, saying he had "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service". Later, Bush will be memorialized in Houston and buried at his presidential library in College Station, Texas. The remains will be transported by funeral vehicle (train) to College Station.

"Do you regret any of your comments about George H.W. Bush or the Bush family?" a reporter asked.

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The Bushes made history as the first father-son presidential duo since John Adams and son John Quincy Adams were elected in the nation's earliest decades. He credited Bush's ability to negotiate with former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as playing a key role. "The result was the end of the Cold War and nuclear arms race".

Bush's health had been declining for several days. I hope the entire Bush family takes solace knowing that the country mourns with them, remembering him as the shining point of light he represented. "He was a great president and a good, humanitarian man".

"The president led the charge... and insisted that we do it in such a way, that we were not unsympathetic to the political problems of Mr. Gorbachev and we could operate in a way that would make it easier for him to do what we wanted him to do, not by brute force, not by threats, not by taking advantage of dancing on the Berlin wall as it came down". Eight years later, in accepting his party's nomination for president in 1988, Bush pleaded for a "kinder, and gentler nation".

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Writing in the Washington Post, Bill Clinton said Bush's words showed "natural humanity". With President Bush's passing, the United States has lost one its greatest statesmen.