Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush's Texas funeral

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Afterward, he will be laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.

Wilson, author of "Everything Trump Touches Dies", noted that Bush's late wife, Barbara Bush, had requested that Trump stay away from her memorial. The 41st president, Bush pointed out, found himself forming an unlikely friendship with the man who defeated him after one term, Bill Clinton, with Bush noting that he taught him to "never be defined by failure". In place of most Washington dignitaries were top Houston athletes including the NFL Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt - displaying Bush's love for sports - and Chuck Norris, who played TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger". "He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship", he said.

Still, there were reminders of lingering tensions.

President Donald Trump said he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, are also attending the funeral.

"After Mrs. Bush's death, general companionship was a big part of Sully's job", John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs, said in a phone interview.

Watch a livestream of Thursday's funeral below, when it is available. "He'd look for the good in each person, and he usually found it". "He's a amusing man", she said.

Trump sat with his wife, a trio of ex-presidents and their wives, several of them sharp critics of his presidency and one of them, Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic foe.

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Trump also shook Michelle Obama's hand and exchanged a greeting.

Trump will not speak at the service, but the Bush family made a point of inviting him despite a chilly relationship with him over the years. What a great life he had. He will be missed! The elder Bush died Friday at age 94. We look at the way USA media facilitated the war on Iraq with journalist John "Rick" MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine and the author of the book "Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War".

Brian Mulroney, Canada's prime minister at the time, couldn't help but notice - and ultimately couldn't resist.

On Tuesday, soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the Capitol Rotunda to view Bush's casket and honor a president whose legacy included a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled.

"Through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could ask", Bush said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was present as were the leaders of Jordan, Australia and Poland.

Trump closed the federal government on Wednesday to mark a day of mourning for Bush, and several United States financial exchanges were closed.

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