George H.W. Bush lies in state at Capitol

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National News

December 4, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The flag-draped casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Monday in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Capitol welcomed the late President George H.W. Bush to the rotunda for the last time on Monday, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailing the 41st president as a “humble” public servant who led based on a set of deeply held principles.

McConnell recounted Bush’s lone Inauguration Day address, when he noted those in attendance had gathered at the Capitol, which Bush called “the front porch of democracy.”

“A steady hand who stayed the course,” McConnell said of Bush, whom he noted kept piloting his plane in World War II after the plane was disabled by enemy fire, completing his mission run before bailing out.

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