Despite the constant backlash from the anti-Trump groups, the First Lady has conducted herself very gracefully while in office. Those who mourned the loss of the Obamas in the White House seem to take personal offense to the First Lady, even spreading the rumor that she is a hostage in her own home. That, however, isn’t supported by her actions at all.
Opponents of the First Couple were also doubtful if Melania Trump, not a natural born citizen, would be able to take on the role as First Lady and accomplish everything that needs to be done. While it would have been great for those who dislike the President if she had failed, Mrs. Trump has done a great job, due to no doubt in part, to the women who came before her.
One of her graceful and accomplished predecessors passed away this week. Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush died at the age of 92 and even though the Bush family and the Trump family have had disagreements about political issues, the First Couple were quick to reach out to the former President and his family to offer condolences.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Melania Trump is demonstrating that she understands that some things are more important, even than political feelings. Of course, politics are important, and who we elect is important, but none of it is as important as paying respects to the family of someone who has passed on.
Even those who disagree with the first Bush administration on certain policy issues can probably agree that the former First Couple did what they did in an effort to better America. That’s what Melania Trump is focusing on, and that’s what we as Americans should take note of at this tragic time for their family.
Daily Mail reports that the First Lady will be traveling to Texas to pay her respects. It’s as yet unclear if the President will be able to attend:
First lady Melania Trump will travel to Texas this weekend to attend the private funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush.
CNN first reported Trump’s travel plans.
‘Mrs. Trump intends to pay her respects to Barbara Bush and the entire family at the funeral on Saturday,’ Mrs. Trump’s Communications Director Stephanie Grisham told DailyMail.com.
The New York Times reported that the Clintons and the Obamas would be attending the services as well.
Reporters will not be allowed to attend Bush’s private funeral service alongside the current first lady her spokeswoman also confirmed.
‘The event will not be pooled as this is about paying tribute to Mrs. Bush,’ Grisham said.
Trump is following in the footsteps of her predecessors, most recently first lady Michelle Obama, who attended the funeral services for former first lady Nancy Reagan in March 2016.
Hillary Clinton, in her position as first lady in 1994, attended the services held for the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
President Obama did not attend Reagan’s funeral, as he was already scheduled to attend a Democratic Party fundraiser in Austin held in conjunction with the South by Southwest festival.
But President Bill Clinton eulogized Kennedy, calling her a ‘remarkable woman whose life will forever glow in the lives of her fellow Americans,’ according to the New York Times’ account.
‘God gave her very great gifts and imposed upon her great burdens,’ Clinton also said. ‘She bore them all with dignity and grace and uncommon common sense.’
The White House has yet to say whether President Trump will join the first lady, nor have spokespeople returned requests for comment regarding whether additional figures from the Trump administration plan to attend.
The funeral will take place at St. Martin’s Church in Houston, where Barbara Bush was a longtime member.
On Friday, the public can pay their respects to Bush at the church from noon until midnight.
And then Saturday there will be a private service with approximately 1,500 guests, including Melania Trump.
The dynamic between the Bushes and the Trumps – despite being members of the same political party – is an awkward one, as President Trump is widely credited with k*****g former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s 2016 campaign, labeling the late Barbara Bush’s son ‘low energy.’
During the primaries, in a rare interview, Barbara Bush told CBS she didn’t know how ‘women can vote for someone’ like Trump, pointing out comments he had made about then-Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly.
In an interview on Fox Business Network on Wednesday morning, former first lady Laura Bush suggested that Melania Trump had made overtures to try and bury the hatchet between the two families.
‘She invited me to tea at the White House,’ Laura Bush said. ‘She’s a beautiful woman, and very very lovely.’
‘And I think she’ll, I think she will do really very well,’ Laura Bush said of Melania Trump’s handling of the first lady’s duties.”