"President Bush is a personal hero of mine and a major inspiration in my life".
A state funeral for the former president will be held Wednesday morning at Washington's National Cathedral.
"President Bush's Space Exploration Initiative helped us to think big and long-term about space". He encouraged Americans to gather in places of worship "to pay homage" to Bush's memory, adding, "I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance".
"With sound judgement, common sense and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War".
George H.W. Bush
It was unclear whether the funeral of Bush - who as a genteel, New England-bred patrician was more restrained in his criticism of Trump than the outspoken McCain - would carry the same tone, especially considering Trump will be in attendance.
In a statement, former President Bill Clinton described Bush's long record of service in the military, Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency and as president, where he served from 1989 to 1993. Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community volunteerism as a cherished responsibility.
"The world has lost a great and decent man".
"President George H.W. Bush lived a life of public service that demonstrated an unquestionable dedication and love of his country. We will not forget his importance also for our own freedom during the turbulent times of the fall of the Soviet Union". "I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard", the elder Bush said. His wife Barbara died on on April 17-one day after her funeral, Bush was hospitalized with an infection that had spread to his blood.
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