Thousands pay final respects to former President George H.W. Bush

The 41st president will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for final honors before burial in Texas.
3:27 | 12/04/18

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The nation's 41 president now lying in state at the nation's capital and leave Rowell joins us live from Capitol Hill and link. Kate good morning Lindsey the capitol building he rotund now has been open up all through the night really incredible actually. Deceiving number of people that were here streaming in and lining up to pay their respects overnight. I had to the capitol grounds probably about 1 AM and I saw so many people so mean more people than usual. Who were headed over to the red tie had to pay their respects to the remains of former president George H. W. Bush already thousands of people. Have gone to capitol building to do that and really it's pretty incredible B range of people. You're talking with families and boy scout girl scout groups that are lining up take a win there. But also so many high level dignitaries even just today we've seen the current director of the CA eight several former directors of the CIA. Is sue and people making it a priority to be here as you mentioned Lindsay lease on the president and First Lady. Go into the rose timeout last night to pay their respects. This is a several gate in banks and there's so much planning months and months of meticulous planning and pageantry. Building into the execution of all of these different events today we saw president trapped tweeting about that. Saying he is theory pleased with how everything has has happened and has played out that's partly because the bush family has worked very closely. We think trounced in their administration to make sure that all of this is planned down to the last. Di tale we know that they've been working together. The president also mentioning in next week that he's looking forward to meeting week the bush family today at Blair house that's right next to the White House. Where the trans offered the bush is that a close Stanley. George W. Bush has stayed there for all of these events and they will be meeting today I'd seen the share their condolences on that personal level. And of course any state funeral planned for tomorrow when the remains the former president will be moved to the Washington National Cathedral. And a lineup of people attending that funeral a's. Theory striking you have all of the living presidents plus you have. As they did chancellor of Germany on the Merkel coming over to the US and also we're hearing this morning. That said the prince of Wales Prince Charles is also coming here on the half of the queen Lindsey. Ed thanks Emily and just a quick question a sense of you can what. Then the mood is like inside of the rotund of course as we're looking at these live pictures it appears to be very quiet very. Very somber very reserved. Yes it feels very sacred in a way and and speaks few. The risk fact that this man clearly has in the impact on so many people I mentioned before. That wide range of folks who felt compelled to go there and to pay their respects. Like say you're watching the president and the First Lady there go into the rotunda last night in and spend about a minute apple casket and then he saluted the cascading. And maligning adversely maligning yet at put her hand over her heart. Just a very solemn. Somber its home but also I have to say at this that's celebration. This is a family that head repeatedly sent how lucky they are. And and what a gift that this man was to their families so there's definitely that experience in the air as well. It's not completely sad but he ease very respectful in its town and they. Annaly Ralph life for us on the capitol thank you so much for that report.

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