SNL then broadcast clips of Dana Carvey, a former cast member, portraying Bush during his presidency and a clip of Bush replying to Carvey on the show.
Bush's crowning achievement as president was assembling the worldwide military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbor Iraq in 1991 in a war that lasted just 100 hours. He said: "I pay tribute to George Bush's contribution towards this historic achievement". "It's bad, it's bad". From there, a funeral train transports Bush to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, the site of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where he will be laid to rest.
The days-long national farewell to Bush will begin Monday with a commemoration in Houston, where the Bushes lived for years and where he died on Friday surrounded by friends and family.
"We didn't agree much on domestic policy, but when it came to the global side of things, he was a very wise and thoughtful man", former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, a Democrat who lost the presidency to Bush in 1988, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Trump didn't attend the funeral in April of Bush's wife, former first lady Barbara Bush.
The schedule states, ceremonies begin Monday, with Wednesday scheduled as a national day of mourning. "I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described", Bush continued in a somewhat heartfelt manner - an exchange hardly expected between two presidents in today's highly divisive political environment in the United States.More news: John Lewis creates in-store Google smart home
"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died", he said.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Bush's last words were an expression of love for his son and fellow former president.
The 41st president passed away peacefully in his home in Houston Friday night.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told of his personal gratitude for Bush's hard work to secure his release from a prison in the Soviet Union.
Suffering from Parkinson's disease, Bush had been wheelchair-bound and in failing health.
George Herbert Walker Bush's death at the age of 94 made worldwide headlines on Friday.