Body of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in Capitol
Former President George H.W. Bush had a bold prediction when he visited West Virginia eight days before the 2000 General Election with his son, George W. Bush, in a tight race with Vice President Al Gore.
“We live and die by these deadly polls—they are showing George with a real chance to win this state,” Bush told MetroNews in a back hallway at the Brushfork Armory in Bluefield . “If he wins West Virginia he will be the 43rd President of the United States.”
Bush 43 did win West Virginia on Nov. 7, 2000 and won the presidency.He was spot on.
Monday the body of the elder Bush was transported from Texas to Washington, D.C. where the flag-draped casket of the 41st U.S. President, will be in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol until Wednesday. Members of the general public will be filing by as the former president lies in state for 41 hours.
U.S. Attorney for Southern West Virginia and former West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Mike Stuart called Bush the example of one who ‘seized the day.’
“He did seize the day, every single day. It was a life well-lived. A life of great love for his family,” Stuart said during appearance on Panhandle Today Monday on WEPM Radio in Martinsburg.