Barbara Bush's funeral attended by Melania Trump, Clintons, others

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Before Barbara Bush died, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked her for "her many kindnesses to me and my family". Bush's son, Jeb Bush, and President H.W. Bush's biographer, Jon Meacham, both gave handsome eulogies.

He then drew laughs with a nod to Bush's famously sharp tongue: "She called her style a benevolent dictatorship, but honestly, it wasn't all that benevolent".

About 1,500 persons are anticipated at Saturday's non-public service, together with 4 former presidents - Bush's husband and son, George H.W. and George W. Bush, Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama.

Barbara Bush's casket arrived Friday at St. Martin's, the nation's largest Episcopal church, where she lay in repose as the public was invited to pay respects from noon to midnight, according to the Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Houston.

The funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, was attended by many high-profile figures, including first lady Melania Trump and former President Barack Obama. You can see photos from the remarkable woman's funeral here.

President Trump will not be among those guests. Melania Trump also paid her respects and was seated next to the Obamas during the service, as George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, and the rest of the Bush family greeted attendees and gave eulogies.

Meacham said it was Barbara Bush's quick tongue that made her so popular, along with her work promoting literacy and bringing awareness to AIDS patients. Bush and her husband, George H.W. Bush, long worshipped.




Other presidents also have not attended the funerals of former first ladies.

Roughly 1,500 people attended a private funeral Saturday in Houston for the wife of former President George H.W. Bush. The White House had said he meant to stay away to avoid a hassle and respect the family. "Her dedicated service to the American people was matched only by her compassion and love of family", Trump said in a statement after Bush's death.

Former President Jimmy Carter was overseas and unable to attend.

A eulogy was also given by Susan Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who said her longtime friend was "the secret sauce of this extraordinary family".

George H.W. Bush would write a letter to his wife on each wedding anniversary, Jeb Bush said, before reading aloud one such letter from 1994, a year after his father left the White House.

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