President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit the US Capitol Rotunda tonight to pay their respects to the former President
In remarks at the Rotunda, Vice President Mike Pence recounted former President George H.W. Bush’s military service and political rise, and lauded Bush’s navigation of a wartime presidency.
“There was a kindness about the man that was evident to everyone who ever met him. All his years in public service were characterized by kindness, modesty and patriotism,” Pence said, describing how he met the then-vice president in 1988.
Pence spoke of when his own son, a marine aviator, made his first tailed hook landing on the USSR George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush not only signed a picture of the flight deck as a gift to Pence’s son, but sent a handwritten congratulatory letter as well.
Bush had written in the letter, “I wish you many CAVU days ahead” — an aviation acronym meaning “ceiling and visibility unlimited.”
Watch the moment: