Mourners Pay Respects to George H.W. Bush at Capitol Building

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Mourners from across the United States and even Canada waited in line on Monday to pay respects to former President George H.W. Bush, who is lying in state at the Capitol after passing away on Friday.

Rob and Mark, a father and son from Raleigh, North Carolina, drove four-and-a-half hours to honor the former president.

Asked by a Fox News reporter why they drove for such a long time, the father pointed to his son, saying, "I wanted to bring him up because he's so interested in this."

"I wanted to come and pay respects to a great man who dedicated his life to service," the son added. "I am very involved with my party locally. I just wanted to be able to take this opportunity that you don't get very often for a man who dedicated his entire life. He was ambassador to the U.N., vice president, and president."

Others spoke of Bush's greatness as a man and as a president.

"We just wanted to honor a truly great man," said one woman from Ohio. "He was, I think in his own words, the best compliment you can give someone is a good man, and he was truly a good man and a great president."

"When we heard of his passing, we knew this was someplace we needed to be," she added.

"When we heard that President Bush had passed, we knew we were coming back here," another man said. "We are just honored to be able to be here."

A Canadian man was visiting the U.S. when Bush passed away, and had waited in line for five hours to pay respects. He called the ceremony in honor of the former president "very moving."

"I think that President Bush was worthy of all the adulation people are giving him," the man continued. "He's the leader of the free world, and even though I'm from Canada, he still is our president. He's the president of the free world, and I'm part of the free world. That's what I've taken away. I'm here to pay homage to him."

Jeffrey Cimmino

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Jeff Cimmino is a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. He is a senior pursuing a B.A. in history and a minor in government at Georgetown University. Prior to working at the Free Beacon, he interned at National Review and the Foreign Policy Initiative.

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