, 72, added he had taught him how to lead: "He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.
Bill Clinton, who defeated Mr Bush
in the 1992 election to succeed him and was left a warm welcoming note by him in the Oval Office, said: "I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed.
While his commercial interests were centred on Bristol, Mr Bush
was based across the border in Wales.
There are plenty of critics in the arena," Mr Bush
told an audience in Alberta, Canada.
In a four-minute conversation, Mr Kerry congratulated the president, while Mr Bush
called the Democrat "an admirable, worthy opponent".
plans to attend today's opening ceremony and go to a series of sporting events up to Monday, including US basketball and baseball games against China.
The Prime Minister described Mr Bush
as "a true friend of Britain" who had enhanced the transatlantic partnership between the two nations.
"The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is 'return on success'," Mr Bush
said."The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home.
Forrest and another young man walked in with their hoods up and with Forrest wearing a handkerchief over his face - so Mr Bush
told them to take them off, and was surprised when they complied.
, whose popularity ratings are the lowest of his presidency, said: "It comforts me knowing that our federal government is well-organised and well-prepared to deal with Rita.
Claiming a second term denied to his father, Mr Bush
struck a conciliatory tone while saying he would forge ahead on stabilising Iraq and overhauling social security.
's controversial State of the Union address to Congress reflects the Administration's branding of the three as rogue nations.
died on Friday, aged 94, and the picture of Sully with the casket at a Texas funeral home was taken before the 41st president's body was flown to Washington, ahead of tomorrow's state funeral.
She told the Ciudad de la Justicia in Malaga that Mr Bush
, pictured left, died during a violent struggle.
admitted he was not "a popular guy" but also insisted "there can be no debate" about his record of preventing another terrorist attack after September 11, 2001 and his work on Aids relief programmes.