Publicado: Sol, Abril 22, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Barbara Bush's funeral attended by Melania Trump, Clintons, others

Barbara Bush's funeral attended by Melania Trump, Clintons, others

Four former US presidents were among some 1,500 mourners who gathered at a Houston church for her funeral, after the matriarch of one of the country's most prominent political dynasties died on Tuesday at age 92.

She and her husband of more than 70 years, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended the church.

Melania Trump walked in, followed closely by Barack and Michelle Obama and then by Bill and Hillary Clinton. The White House said earlier this week that he wanted to avoid disrupting the service with added security.

The public had the opportunity to pay their respects to Barbara Bush at a visitation the previous day. Bush's body 90 miles northwest to the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

George H.W. Bush honored his wife of 73 years and her commitment to family literacy by wearing a pair of socks adorned with books during Mrs. He also spoke of her quick wit that made her so popular.

Hoping to be consoled, he then recalled the story to Barbara Bush. Eight of her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Bush, only the second woman in USA history to have had a husband and son elected President, died Tuesday at the age of 92 at her home in Houston.

George H.W. Bush was helped into the cavernous sanctuary with a wheelchair by George W. Bush.

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After seeing how many people had lined up to pay their respects to his wife, former President George H.W. Bush chose to attend - he sat at the front of the church in a wheelchair, offering his hand and smiled as people shook it, for about 15 minutes.

Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Meacham told how Barbara Bush's hug of an HIV/AIDS patient "sent a powerful image, one of compassion, of love and of acceptance", and who she believed literacy was the "fundamental civil and human right". Her friend, Susan Baker, and presidential historian Jon Meacham also delivered eulogies.

A funeral service for the Bush matriarch, who once called herself "everybody's grandmother", was planned for Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. The couple's 3-year-old daughter, Robin, who died in 1953 of leukemia, is also buried at the site. Bush died Tuesday at her Houston home. Invited guests included former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, actor Chuck Norris, broadcaster Brit Hume, and Karl Rove, George W. Bush's former senior adviser and White House deputy chief of staff. In a piece written for CNN, Wackrow recalls two moments with the former first lady that he considers "defining experiences in my career and testaments to her legacy, her candor and grace".

Before Bush died, Hillary Clinton said she was "wishing her the comfort she deserves surrounded by her loved ones".

Parts of the neighbourhood surrounding the church were effectively shut down to most traffic on Friday. "My guess is she's already hunted down Jane Austen and has said, 'Well how did things turn out with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet?' Or knowing Barbara as we all do, she may be telling Jane how things should have turned out".

One of just two first ladies to have a child elected president, Mrs Bush was widely admired for her plainspoken style and her advocacy for causes including literacy and Aids awareness.

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