Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush's casket

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The CIA, too, honoured Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife greeted the Trumps outside before everyone went in for the private, 20-minute visit. Bush died last April and Robin died from leukemia at just four years old. She decorated a hallway in the East Wing with red Christmas Trees and tweaked the traditional gingerbread White House by adding replicas of the Lincoln and Washington monuments, the Jefferson Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, where Bush is lying in state.

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Sully former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog is ushered to the Capitol Rotunda by Valerie Cramer to pay his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday Dec. 4 2018. (Manuel Balce Ceneta  The Asso
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President Bush tweeted then that it was, "A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, 'Sully, ' a attractive - and beautifully trained - lab from @AmericasVetDogs".

"He taught us public service was noble and necessary", his son and the 43rd president, George W. Bush, told the invited guests at Washington National Cathedral.

Residents of small towns along the route gathered to wave at the train, a Union Pacific Corp locomotive numbered 4141 and bearing the name "George Bush 41" on the side, as it passed. Pence said there was a kindness about Bush "that was evident to everyone who ever met him". Bush died last week in Houston at age 94.

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"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul".

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An invitation-only funeral service, which the Trumps will attend, will take place at Washington's National Cathedral.

Trump sat Wednesday 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. Apart from courteous nods and some handshakes, there was little interaction between Trump and the others.

George W. Bush announced that Sully is heading to his next assignment: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

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Mourners laughed as Baker recalled how Bush would let him know a conversation was over: "Baker, if you're so smart, why am I president and you're not?"

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