Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth - George W. Bush - eulogized his dad as "the brightest of a thousand points of light".
The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S.in wartime.
Bush paused and tapped his father's flag-draped casket twice as he walked up to the altar at Washington National Cathedral to offer a personal remembrance of the 41st president. "This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!"
"He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism". Lemon followed up by asking why they should show respect when Trump doesn't.
In the crowd sat Jordan's King, Britain's Prince of Wales, Germany's Chancellor and Poland's President, a reflection of a foreign policy hailed as measured and based in core American values.
Global tributes have poured in for Bush, whose political locus was foreign policy and America's place in the world. It was laced with indirect comparisons to Trump but was not consumed by them, as speakers focused on Bush's public life and character - with plenty of cracks about his goofy side, too.
"To mock him during the coverage of the president's funeral is just despicable garbage", Gainor continued.
Bush and former first lady Michelle Obama have reminded us of that fact twice this year.
Trump declared Wednesday a national day of mourning.
Congress also suspended votes - even in the midst of a looming potential shutdown that requires congressional action before midnight Friday.
Bush predicted that history will remember his father as a great president, who "showed me what it means to be a president who leads with integrity".
At a time of extraordinary and deep political fissures, Bush was looked to this week as a gracious, humble servant of country who aimed to bridge the divide.
That treatment by the media then was fair game and quite civil by today's standards, but Kyle Drennen of Media Research Center says it's nearly comical how they fawn over the late president at his death. I would say ABC News should apologize, but it wouldn't be honest if it did.
Veterans from World War II and the Korean War are now in their 80s and 90s and deserve to be honored, he said.
Trump invited former President George W. Bush and his family to stay at Blair House, the official guest residence across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, and crossed the street on Tuesday to pay them a visit.
After the Washington service, Bush's casket will be flown back to Houston.
The former president's funeral drew every living former president and first lady, who were sitting near the front row in succession.
Bush will lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama wrote some unflattering things about 45 in her new book, including how she'll never forgive him for his role in the "birther" controversy about her husband.