A D.C. Reporter Reflects on Covering the George H.W. Bush Presidency for the Washington Afro American


All photos Hamil HarrisIt was after midnight and people were still walking in line and braving a stiff wind to pay their final respects to President George Herbert Walker Bush, whose flag-draped casket rested inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

Even though I didn’t have an assignment, I felt compelled as a journalist to be out in the elements to cover the final tribute to the 41st President of the United States, who I first wrote about as a reporter for the Washington Afro American.

I felt fortunate that I had a Congressional press credential that allowed me to walk around thousands who waited for hours to walk past President Bush’s casket that rested on the same cataflague used for President Abraham Lincoln’s casket after his assassination in 1865.

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