President George H.W. Bush's casket headed to US Capitol

Elias Hubbard
December 5, 2018

The dog - who has his own Instagram account - was named after the airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who in 2009 landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River, saving all of the 150 people on board.

Sully the dog will be travelling with the casket on the flight from Texas to Washington DC on Monday.

Sully will now join the facility dog program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

4141 George Bush Locomotive, which was unveiled October 18, 2005, was dedicated to honor the nation's 41st president.

The report noted that Sully can perform a number of commands, including answering the phone and fetching specific items.

President Donald Trump renewed his threat of a shutdown last week, but in light of ceremonies for Bush, he said Saturday he was open to a short-term extension of spending talks if congressional leaders request one.

Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs, a nonprofit organization. His fans have multiplied since his work gained more attention following Bush's death, and an outpouring of appreciation for the dog has been part of the mourning process.

In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University.

James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and his friend of 60 years, told CNN on Sunday he considered Bush as "the most kind and considerate person I ever knew".

He died in Texas, his home state, late Friday at the age of 94 after several years of failing health.

Bush's casket, along with members of the Bush family and the late president's former service dog, Sully, arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., around 3:30 p.m. ET.

Bush's casket is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon aboard the US military airplane that's more commonly recognized as Air Force One. The crew has been tasked by President Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41".

The 41st president of the United States, who lived longer than any of his predecessors and possessed one of the most impressive resumes in American political history, died peacefully at his home in Houston, according to a source close to the family.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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