Former Presidents mark passing of George HW Bush

Posted at 9:57 AM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 11:59:09-05

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush will lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol beginning on Monday.

The 41st President of the United States, who died on Friday night at the age of 94, is being remembered by three former Presidents.

“They’ll say, ‘Job well done, George H. W. Bush,'” said President George W. Bush who added that his father’s legacy will grow with time in an interview with 60 Minutes.

“I think he’s gonna go down as the greatest one-term president ever. Because of his foreign policy, deftly handling the end of the Cold War, for example, [the] reunification of Germany,” President George W. Bush said.

The one-term that President George HW Bush began serving in 1989, coinciding with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union.

“All those things could have gone haywire at any point. And…the restraint, the caution, the lack of spiking the football that they showed was I think an enormous achievement,” President Barack Obama said.

The late President Bush will lie in state until Wednesday. His body will then be taken back to Texas when he’ll be buried next to his wife, Barbara and daughter Robin.

“I think that history will be quite kind to him in his presidency,” President Bill Clinton said.

Although former President Clinton beat Mr. Bush in the 1992 presidential election but the two men formed a bi-partisan bond.

“It’s been one of the great joys of my life, my friendship with him. Our arguments were good-natured and open, and we continue to debate things all the way up until recently,” President Clinton said.

President Donald Trump has declared Wednesday, December 5 as a national day of mourning.

The Capitol Rotunda will be open to the public while President Bush lies in state. A state funeral will be held at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday.

President Bush will then be buried Thursday on the grounds of his library in College Station, Texas.

-Nikole Killion reporting for CBS News