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Former President George H.W Bush, who passed away on Friday at age 94, was once worried that nobody would come to his funeral, his spokesman has revealed.
Jim McGrath, who served as Bush's post-White House spokesman for a quarter century, disclosed the 41st President's somewhat-surprising fear in a tweet on Tuesday evening.
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'Briefed in 2011 about his funeral and lying in state, the 41st President asked with typical humility, "Do you think anyone will come?''', McCarth wrote, alongside a photo showing the packed audience for a memorial for his late boss.
'Tonight, people are waiting hours to pay their respects,' he added.
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Bush's fear has proved unfounded, as he will receive a national farewell at Washington National Cathedral today before family, friends, previous presidents and foreign dignitaries.
As well as current President Trump and first lady Melania, all four living former occupants of the White House expected to pay their respects to Bush Snr. today.
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The ceremony will draw together world envoys, Americans of high office and a man from Maine who used to fix things in Bush's house on the water.
Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle - who cancelled part of her book global book tour to make it to the ceremony - will attend alongside Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.
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George W. Bush, the late former leader's eldest son and the 43rd President, will be one of the eulogists.
The future British King Prince Charles and former Prime Minister John Major will attend, along with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, the King and Queen of Jordan and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who is expected to deliver a eulogy.
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Thousands of people have descended on Washington DC over the last few days to pay respects to Bush, who has been lying in state at...
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