Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, who sang for Mr Bush
on his deathbed, performed Last Full Measure of Devotion.
The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, called Mr Bush
"a genuine partner", adding: "We happened to work together in years of great changes.
Businessman Mr Bush
used a small empire of successful Gold Trader shops to fund a luxury lifestyle of fast cars, foreign travel and expensive homes.
In his first speech since leaving the White House, Mr Bush
also refused to criticise Barack Obama because his successor "deserves my silence".
's victory was announced after Mr Kerry phoned him at the White House to admit defeat.
has said he wants to enjoy the Summer Olympics, but alsowill talk to President Hu Jintao about human rights and a host of other bilateral issues.
Suggestions of a rift over Iraq were cast aside as the two men lavished praise on each other during what is likely to be Mr Bush
's last visit to Britain before he leaves the White House.
said the more successful US troops were in Iraq, the more could return home.
Prosecutor Tammy Mears said that on February 25 Mr Bush
, who had owned the Baginton Village Stores for just over a year, began work at 5.30am.
Asked what he considered the best moment of his presidency, Mr Bush
replied that the "best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5lb perch in my lake".
A White House aide said Mr Bush
- already slammed for delays in aid to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina - was staying away so his team "wouldn't get in the way" of recovery efforts.
A record 59 million Americans chose Mr Bush
over Democrat John Kerry -- the biggest popular vote by any president.