George HW Bush death, Political leaders condole 41st US president, civility and social conscience, Flags flew at half the United States on Saturday. Americans prepared for a week of solemn tributes to George HW Bush, in his home state of Texas and in the US Capitol, a day after the former president died aged 94.
Tributes poured in from world leaders in memory of the 41st US president, launched the international campaign to drive Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait.
Many of those same leaders are expected to attend Bush's state funeral next week, alongside President Donald Trump and his wife Melania. Trump was notably absent from the funerals of the statesman's late wife Barbara, and of veteran fellow Republican John McCain.
"His accomplishments were great from beginning to end," Trump tweeted.
Declaring a national day of mourning for 5 December — when the federal government and New York Stock Exchange will close in Bush's honour — Trump also signalled his respect by calling off a press conference planned at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
Bush's remains will travel back to Texas late Wednesday, where he will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston with a funeral service the next day preceding his internment at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station. He will make his final journey aboard a funeral train.