Gov. Roy Cooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the passing of President George H.W. Bush.
Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, died late Friday at age 94.
"There will be very tough times, made even more hard by criticism you may not think is fair", Bush 41 wrote, perhaps in anticipation of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, as some people have noticed.
As Bush sr.'s condition declined on Friday at his home in a gated community in Houston, Texas, he was placed on speakerphone with his son, who was at his home in Dallas.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Bush's last words were an expression of love for his son and fellow former president.
On Monday, members of both the House and Senate will attend an arrival ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol at 4:45 p.m. EST.
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Flowers laid are seen at the base of the statue at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas on December 1, 2018. The remains will be transported by funeral auto (train) to College Station. The patriarch of a political dynasty, he fathered another president, his son George W. Bush, and a two-term governor and presidential candidate, Jeb Bush. He credited Bush's ability to negotiate with former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as playing a key role.
The oldest surviving former USA president Jimmy Carter said Bush's administration "was marked by grace, civility and social conscience". Gorbachev called him "a true partner" in winding down the Cold War.
Bush's health had been declining for several days. "And I think his career really represents a generation that many Americans now and in the future will consider our country's greatest generation".
Bush told him that he had been a "wonderful dad" and that he loved him. But the world of politics was calling this son of a United States senator. President Bush was a man of unimpeachable character and integrity whose decency and kindness earned him the respect and admiration of the nation he served.
In his later years, Bush turned to philanthropy, joining forces with Clinton to raise funds for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster, and with ex-presidents Clinton, Carter, Barack Obama and son George to raise money for hurricane victims in Texas last year.
Bush's funeral at the National Cathedral is scheduled for 11 am Wednesday, and afterward his remains will make the return trip from Andrews back to Houston.