D.C. power players past and present attended Bush Sr.'s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.
"To us, his was the brightest of 1,000 points of light," said former President George W. Bush during the funeral service for his father, former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday, to a crowd that included every current and former living president and vice president of the United States.
"He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage, and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country," said the eldest Bush son. "Through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you-a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter can have. And, in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom's hand again."
Also at the funeral were members of Congressional leadership, including Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, as well as foreign dignitaries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who was a friend of H.W.
While President Trump did not speak at the funeral-traditionally, the sitting president usually makes remarks at presidential funerals-he did appear to sit quietly for the duration of the service. According to the New York Times, this is the first time Trump has joined former presidents at any event since his inauguration.
Laura: I have heard reports that his child died from septic shock. Two members of my family suffered from sepsis, which means that bacteria from somewhere inside the body has entered the blood stream. The bacteria spreads rapidly once in the blood stream and is pumped throughout the body. Sometimes there is an abscess with in the body that cause the bacteria to enter the bloodstream, sometimes something like a puncture wound forces the bacteria into the bloodstream, and sometimes doctors never figure out what caused this to happen. People become ill ,very ill, very quickly with this illness. Obtaining prompt treatment is critical to prevent the body from going into septic shock. This is a very, very serious condition. I don't know if there is anything other to blame than the bacteria. When one of my family members suffered from sepsis, we took her to the ER because she was experiencing an unusual amount of pain in her neck. The doctor examined her and sent her home because she thought arthritis was causing the pain. Within hours, she was in Intensive Care because she became so critically ill with a very high fever. In the case of my other relative, he experience pain in a finger and once again became seriously ill in a short amount of time. The appropriate thing in my mind, is not to blame the father or the government. Blame the circumstances that exist for all people -that we aren't always close to a hospital when we become critically ill. It would have been ideal to have this child examined by a doctor ASAP, but they may not have saved her-as it even in the circumstances of my relatives stricken, even prompt medical treatment saved their lives, but it was an uphill battle all the way. This is very serious stuff. Anyone who becomes seriously ill with a high fever needs to be in an ambulance without delay.