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December 15, 2018

SEE IT: Former Sen. Bob Dole helped out of wheelchair to salute George H.W. Bush

December 4, 2018
Former Sen. Bob Dole, 95, salutes casket holding body of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

Former Sen. Bob Dole didn’t let his wheelchair stop him from paying his respects to George H.W. Bush Tuesday.

The Kansas Republican, with some help from an aide, stood from his wheelchair to salute the late Bush as he lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda.




Dole, 95, remained standing for several seconds before the flag-draped coffin before he was helped back into his wheelchair.

Bush’s son Jeb Bush expressed his appreciation for Dole’s tribute on Twitter, writing, “Just incredible. Thank you Senator Dole.”

The former President, 94, died late Friday at his home in Houston, less than eight months after the death of his wife Barbara.

He and Dole, both World War II veterans, shared a friendship in the years since they faced off in the 1988 Republican presidential primary.

“I believe there are certain qualities that veterans have, and when Bush was President I think about three-fourths of Congress were veterans, and we would stick together and work across the aisle,” Dole told CNN Saturday. “And President Bush was a bipartisan President. So we got quite a lot done.”

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