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The caretaker who answered the phone at the time told Bush his father had been silent most of the day, though he noted George H.W. Bush would likely be able to hear him if he spoke up.

Bush on Wednesday honored his father, the late former President George H.W. Bush, as a great American president who led the country with "dignity and honor", but especially as the "best father a son or a daughter could have". Bush did not vote for him, and George W. Bush chose none of the above.

Former President George W. Bush said his father "valued character over pedigree, and he was no cynic".

Bush's family was invited to the White House, appearing to have put aside differences and disagreements between the Bush family and the Trumps. The former head of state will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bushes worshipped for decades, until Thursday's funeral.

"This particular train trip...is a great opportunity for Texans and people all across the country to say their final goodbyes to this great man", he said.

"To us", the younger Bush said, "he was close to flawless".

Since it was built, the 4141 George Bush locomotive has delivered shipments across all 23 states served by Union Pacific, the company said.

The former presidents, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, were seated as current president Donald Trump entered with his wife Melania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool) Former US President George W Bush and members of the Bush family watch as a joint service honor guard carries the casket of former US President George H.W. Bush out of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 05 December 2018.

Trump also shook Michelle Obama's hand and exchanged a greeting.

The Trumps greeted the Obamas, shaking hands with them when they sat next to them at Bush's funeral.

Liberal cabinet minister Scott Brison and Ambassador David MacNaughton are also among an estimated 3,000 friends, dignitaries, presidents past and present and other political heavyweights gathered at the cathedral for a final farewell.

Most federal government offices will be closed on Wednesday as many federal workers will get the day off.

"I don't think I would have shaken hands with him, I would just-nope couldn't do it", Lemon said.

She said Bush believed "service was all important and conveyed that to his children". But historians say no previous chief executive has spoken as publicly and as harshly about predecessors as Trump has.

"After Mrs. Bush's death, general companionship was a big part of Sully's job", John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs, said in a phone interview.

The state funeral of the late president which is taking place at the Washington National Cathedral today has seen many political figures arrive to pay their respects.

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