As of late Wednesday evening, approximately 5,000 people passed through the security checkpoint for the public repose in the state funeral of President George H.W. Bush, according to Jim McGrath, post-White House spokesman for the Bush family.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Memories of George H.W. Bush's underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America's 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne." That prompted chuckles that rang from the vaulted arches inside the Washington National Cathedral.
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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. 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."