To honor the former president, the worldwide nonprofit Points of Light, founded by Bush, invited the public to celebrate Bush by giving a day of service in his memory.
After the final story of the weekly Weekend Update segment, hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost took a more serious tone to talk about Bush before introducing a clip from a previous episode in which the president made a cameo appearance.
George H.W. Bush was an honorable man. Trump repeatedly dismissed his competitor as "low energy", and Bush was one of the first to drop out of the primary race.
He praised President George H.W. Bush as "a high-quality man who truly loved his family".
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When the two met at the White House, they were stiffly formal.
Trump also announced that he has authorized the use of the iconic Boeing 747 presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One whenever a president is on board, to transport Bush's remains to Washington - a customary honor for a former president. There'll be a bicameral arrival ceremony at the US Capitol at 5 pm on Monday, and he'll lie in state in the Capital Rotunda, with the public invited to pay respects from Monday evening until Wednesday morning. "I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described", Bush continued in a somewhat heartfelt manner - an exchange hardly expected between two presidents in today's highly divisive political environment in the United States. The former president will lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where a second service will be held on Thursday. Later, Bush will be memorialized in Houston and buried at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.
A tribute website for Bush has been set up on which funeral details will be posted.
By tradition, United States financial markets close on the national day of mourning. President Donald Trump also closed government offices Wednesday and designated it a national day of mourning, which traditionally occurs on the same day as the Washington component of a late president's state funeral. His wife, Barbara Bush, had died in April, aged 92. He says he drove three times with Bush. Sitting presidents often don't go to services for former first ladies; Melania Trump represented her husband.
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Short yet intimate, the note left in the Oval Office from vanquished to victor seeded a friendship that flowered in the decades since, to a point where Bill Clinton said upon Bush's death Friday: "I just loved him". I was privileged to personally know him, having visited the President and Mrs.
In his later years, Bush turned to philanthropy, joining forces with Clinton to raise funds for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster, and with ex-presidents Clinton, Carter, Barack Obama and son George to raise money for hurricane victims in Texas last year.
"I met him on numerous occasions".
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Former US President George H.W. Bush has died
In his later years he developed a form of Parkinson's disease and used a motorised scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. George Bush Sr, as he was known, passed away on Friday evening, a statement said on behalf of the family.