Over the weekend, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush passed away. He was 94-years-old at the time of his death, and he passed away just a few months after his beloved wife, Barbara, left this world.
On Wednesday, December 5, thousands of people headed to the National Cathedral to attend his funeral. Several world leaders, including every living former U.S. president, were in attendance.
The National Cathedral noted that they were expecting around 3,000 people to attend President George H.W. Bush's funeral. Thousands more visited the Capitol Building in the last few days as he was lying in state. Now, however, a surprising statement has emerged that indicates that Bush was not expecting many people to attend his funeral one day!
On Wednesday morning, Bush's spokesman revealed that he had talked with President George H.W. Bush about his funeral back in 2011. Jim McGrath was briefing Bush on what his funeral and lying in state would one day look like. At the time, the president responded with a humble question: "Do you think anyone will come?"
After McGrath made the statement on Twitter, thousands of people commented, noting how long they had waited in line to pay their respects. One commenter said that he waited 3.5 hours in the cold in order to pay his respects.
Those that were closest to Bush noted that this humility was typical of his character.
What do you think about Bush's surprising words? Do you think he would be shocked to see the number of people that are now mourning his death? You can watch the live footage from President Bush's funeral here.