WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- As the nation mourns the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, his body lies in state in the U.S. Capitol building. That’s where lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle, and the public, are paying their final respects.
Washington Correspondent Alana Austin reports from Capitol Hill, and shares stories from those who knew and loved him.
The nation -- and the world -- say goodbye to the 41st President of the United States, affectionately known, as Bush 41.
As the sun set and cast a glow around the U.S. Capitol Monday, the president’s remains arrived at the place where he once served as a Congressman and Senator. His casket flanked by military honor guard and adoring family members.
While the history books will note his rank as a top statesman, diplomat, and war hero - those who knew him best say, his character rose above any title.
“Throughout his life of service, President Bush personified grace,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, during a eulogy address in the Capitol.
Ambassador to NATO -- Kay Bailey Hutchison -- spoke to Alana Austin from Brussels. The former Texas Senator says Bush supported her from her early days as an aspiring local politician.
She says his years of encouragement, leading by example, and gratitude for others forever shaped her career and life.
“I did the things that I saw him do and that was to relate to people throughout the country, in every kind of work, in every kind of experience, and I think he taught all of us that being kind and good can also be a winner," explained Hutchison.
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso says he too felt that same spirit during visits to the Cowboy State.
“The thing that just struck me is how he took the time to kind of lean down, to be with children, and listen to them and look at them and smile and never seemed to be in too much of a hurry ...he always had - for everyone - a smile, a handshake and respect," said Barrasso.
President Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning. He will then be honored at the National Cathedral in DC, before his final farewell services back home in Texas.