Americans began to get a chance to pay their respects in person Monday to former President George H.W. Bush, whose body was brought to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state, joining just 31 other heroes so honored. Bush, left, stands hands with his grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush in NY prior to their remarks at a reception hosted by the Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute in conjunction with the Republican National Convention.
Bush died on Friday at age 94.
NBC News reported that a group of people who benefited from the passage of the American Disabilities Act, signed by Bush in 1990, attended the viewing.
In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".
Retired Sen. Bob Dole, of Kansas, who was once Bush's rival for the presidency also paid his respects.
Trump had a complicated relationship with the late president.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, also spoke.
It is a tradition for the stock market to close for funerals of former presidents.
Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, placed wreaths in the short ceremony before the rotunda was opened to the public.
According to a former White House official to Bush senior, President Trump was told months ago that he would be welcome at any funeral. There will be a motorcade that transports Bush to Washington National Cathedral for a state funeral.
After services in Washington, Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds. He will be laid to rest next to his wife, Barbara Bush, who died in April of this year. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged residents to wear colorful socks at an evening event in front of City Hall in a nod to one of the late former president's favorite fashion accessories.