Since the recent passing of former First lady Barbara Bush, the country has been mourning. As have the Bush family and the rest of the Washington, D.C. community. Her funeral and wake were held recently where several former First Ladies, as well as Presidents, attended. However, one, in particular, did not show up.
The Daily Caller reported,
“Some of the most powerful people in the world gathered to honor the legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush in Houston Saturday morning. Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 this week. The wife of George H.W. Bush and mother of George W. Bush left a legacy of service, philanthropy and raw honesty in the public arena. She was beloved for those traits, especially by those who knew her the closest. At Barbara’s funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, the love for Barbara Bush was on display.
The church filled up for the memorial service of the beloved public servant. The front row of the pew of the church featured some of America’s most famous political families. Melania Trump walked in, followed closely by Barack and Michelle Obama and then by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
While Melania attended the funeral alone and was surrounded by her husband’s political opponents, she was the beacon of class. Melania stood proud smiling and waving at those in the audience. Multiple times she could be seen laughing and creating polite conversation with her husband’s predecessor, Barack Obama. The two could be seen smiling on multiple occasions together.
Hillary and Bill Clinton, further down the pew, could be seen looking on solemnly. It was a powerful moment for America to come together and celebrate the life of the legendary woman.”
The former First Lady will be missed for her elegance, class, and fight for literacy on behalf of all Americans. Not only has it brought America closer in her mourning but it has brought presidential families from across the aisle together. Former Presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush, as well as President Clinton and President Obama attended together, sat together, and took photographs together.
President Trump is notably absent, having not attended the funeral. The White House press office released a press statement where they indicated the President would not be attending in order to avoid the disruptions that are associated with the added security of the Secret Service. Furthermore, that they wanted to avoid the extra security out of respect for the Bush family and all those who were attending the service.
However, this is not abnormal. In the past, former President Clinton did not attend the funeral service in 1994 for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who had passed away. As well, President Obama did not attend the funeral service for the First Lady who passed during his time in office.
“Many were quick to praise the photo, with some commenting on the character of the former leaders — and possibly making veiled digs at the present commander-in-chief. David Preiss, who served in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as an intelligence officer, wrote, “Each president in this photo did things I disagreed with politically. Quite a lot, in fact, for most of them. And yet I never doubted that every single one of them acted based on core values, including love of country — not, primarily, love of self.”
Michael Hayden, retired four-star general, former director of the National Security Agency and former head of the CIA, retweeted Preiss and added, “Ain’t that the truth.”
Hours before the funeral, Trump had been tweeting insults about New York Times chief White House correspondent Maggie Haberman after she reported on his sometimes poor treatment of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who the newspaper said might ultimately cooperate with federal officials investigating him.
After leaving his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, at just before noon, the President tweeted about Barbara Bush along with a photo of her White House portrait. “Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family,” he wrote. “In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the @WhiteHouse.”
Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family. In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the @WhiteHouse. pic.twitter.com/AuJ3RLZyax
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
Each president in this photo did things I disagreed with politically. Quite a lot, in fact, for most of them.
And yet I never doubted that every single one of them acted based on core values, including love of country—not, primarily, love of self. pic.twitter.com/N19fV1zPoD
— David Priess (@DavidPriess) April 22, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump and President Trump embody exactly what it is and means to be an American. They are dignified and take others into consideration. What the President did was not out of the norm and respectful to the family, while Melania did her best to enjoy those who were there and wave and smile while she politely and cordially interacted with the Obama’s who have not had particularly nice things to say about them.
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