The 41st President's spokesman Jim McGrath also commented via Twitter, saying the moment was: "A last, powerful gesture of respect from one member of the Greatest Generation".
President Donald Trump went in person on Tuesday (Dec 4) to pay his respects to the grieving Bush family in his latest show of peacemaking with the political clan he once fought bitterly.
Earlier in the day, McConnell and Schumer both gave speeches on the Senate floor praising the former President.
"He kept us flying high and challenged us to fly higher still, and he did it with modesty and kindness that would've been surprising in someone one-tenth as tough and accomplished as he was", McConnell said. "A decent man. And even when he opposed your views, you knew he was doing what he thought was best for the United States of America".
After the official ceremony, the public was allowed to pay its respects.
Vice President Mike Pence, though, sought to turn those tables.
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While certainly a large trade deal, the USMCA is smaller than the Trans-Pacific Partnership was before Trump pulled out of it. But he also used the ceremony to call on Trump to remove steel and aluminum tariffs the US slapped on Canada and Mexico.
Denise Sesler of Nashville, state of Tennessee, was among a crowd of people lining up outside Capitol Hill.
Those insults have been set aside, but the list of funeral service speakers marked the first time since Lyndon Johnson's death in 1973 that a sitting president was not tapped to eulogize a late president. The 95-year-old Dole, who uses a wheelchair, was helped to his feet by an aide and saluted the former commander in chief.
"I'm a Democrat, but as President, he did a lot of good things", McGarvey said during a brief interview.
Mary Kasper, of Arlington, Virginia, said she was working overseas in London during the first Gulf War, deemed an unqualified success on Mr. Bush's watch.
As McGarvey waited, the temperature began to drop.
All matters scheduled for that day will be rescheduled pursuant to the direction from each judge, according to a news release on the court's website.
On a chilly afternoon, former president George W. Bush, son of the deceased elder Bush, greeted Trump and the first lady, Melania, outside Blair House and took them inside for the private visit.