Mr. Bush also appeared to hand Ms. Obama something as they shook hands, evoking the viral moment from the funeral of Senator John McCain when Mr. Bush handed a cough drop to Ms. Obama in the middle of the proceedings.
Bipartisanship is televised.
Officials in the Trump White House are not often invited to mingle with the rest of Washington, a city that heavily voted for Hillary Clinton, a woman seated in the front row at the cathedral.
The funeral is the rare event to create bipartisan mingling.
For a few moments at least, the Washington establishment looked intact: Several high-ranking members of the Trump administration were in attendance at the cathedral before Mr. Trump arrived. John Bolton, the president’s national security adviser, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, were all spotted smiling and greeting onlookers before the ceremony.
Mr. Trump, for his part, has been given credit this week for not doing or saying anything that might derail the funeral. Before the funeral began, Mr. Trump arrived and walked solemnly into the cathedral clutching the hand of Melania Trump, the first lady.
The Bush family and members of Congress watch the coffin leave the Capitol.
The Bush family gathered in front of the Capitol on Wednesday morning under gray skies, hands over their hearts, to watch Mr. Bush’s coffin leave the building. Four of the president’s five living children, former President George W. Bush, former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, Doro Bush Koch and Neil Bush, along with their spouses, formed a row in the Capitol driveway for the elaborate departure ceremony, with more relatives, including former first daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush, the younger Mr. Bush’s daughters, looking on from farther away.
A military band played the official presidential anthem as an honor guard held Mr. Bush’s coffin at the top of the Capitol steps, and a 21-gun salute rang out from cannons assembled at the base of Capitol Hill. Then the honor guard slowly carried the coffin down to a waiting hearse while mournful hymns played. The Capitol grounds fell silent as the hearse drove away, bound for the National Cathedral and Mr. Bush’s official state funeral in northwestern Washington.
The younger Mr. Bush waved from the motorcade at onlookers lining Constitution Avenue to catch a glimpse of the 41st president’s funeral procession.