George H.W. Bush's Funeral Train Will Be First in 49 Years

  • George H.W. Bush's Funeral Train Will Be First in 49 Years

George H.W. Bush's Funeral Train Will Be First in 49 Years

President George W. Bush sits at his desk in the Oval Office for the first time on Inaugural Day, in this January 20, 2001 file photo, as his father, former President George H.W. Bush looks on.

The life of President George H.W. Bush was honored on Friday with a state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The 43rd United States president had also given Michelle Obama a mint during the memorial service in September for Arizona Senator John McCain. As former Sen. Joe Lieberman gave his eulogy, cameras caught George W. taking what appeared to be a piece of candy from his wife, Laura Bush, and then giving it to Mrs. Obama who was seated to his right.

Michelle Obama later explained the exchange at the McCain memorial during an interview on NBC's Today show.

Special Air Mission 41 lands at Houston's Ellington Field; George H.W. Bush will lie in repose overnight at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before traveling by train to College Station, where he will be laid to rest near his presidential library at Texas A&M University. "That's how we sit at all the official functions so he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather".

"I think that there's going to be a lot more recognition of how he handled the end of the Cold War which is really the end of a century's long war", she said. He's a wonderful man.

George H.W. and Barbara Bush's daughter, Robin, died of cancer in 1953. "He's a amusing man", she said.