Presidential parade

An ex-presidential line-up.

That was taken at ex-First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral.

President Trump didn’t attend the funeral, which was not out of the ordinary. USA Today: President Trump was not at Barbara Bush’s funeral – here’s why

President Trump did not attend former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral on Saturday in Houston.

Instead, first lady Melania Trump was there representing the Trumps, continuing a tradition of first ladies attending the funerals of their predecessors.

The White House told the BBC Trump wouldn’t attend “to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family.”

Trump’s absence isn’t unusual for a sitting president. The last president to attend a first lady’s funeral was John F. Kennedy, who went to Eleanor Roosevelt’s service in 1962.

Former president Barack Obama did not attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral in 2016 or Betty Ford’s in 2011, and Bill Clinton did not attend the funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Clinton did speak at a graveside service for her at Arlington National Cemetery in 1994.

A president in attendance would be potentially quite disruptive with all the security involved.

CNN: President Trump won’t attend Barbara Bush funeral, to ‘avoid disruptions’

Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter will not attend, as Jimmy Carter will be on a trip overseas and Rosalynn Carter is recovering from recent intestinal surgery, a spokesperson for the Carter Center said in a statement Thursday.

Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died Tuesday. She was 92.

There could have been unnecessary controversy if Trump had attended, as Barbara Bush had strongly criticised him during the presidential campaign. Snopes has a summary:

During the 2016 campaign, Barbara Bush didn’t hold back in her critiques of then-candidate Donald Trump. In the course of a CNN interview, for example, she proclaimed that “[Trump] doesn’t give many answers to how he would solve problems. He sort of makes faces and says insulting things … He’s said terrible things about women, terrible things about the military. I don’t understand why people are for him, for that reason. I’m a woman … I’m not crazy about what he says about women.”

In another interview with CBS, Bush again lambasted Trump for his comments about women and called him a “comedian” or a “showman”:

Trump beat off a challenge from her son Jeb Bush in the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. David

     /  April 24, 2018

    They all look suitably sombre. Obama has his vote winning grin on full beam and the ladies are keeping out of hands reach of Bush senior. Maybe the women in the background in the short dress is on her way to a cocktail party, and Billy Clinton clearly has his eye on one of the waitresses and is formulating a plan to give Hilary the slip.
    Melania looks beautiful and so elegant as does Michelle Obama.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 24, 2018

      I wonder if Michelle’s still writing Melania’s speeches?
      And doesn’t realise it until she hears one? o_O

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    • Perhaps both Michelle and Melania would make better presidents than their husbands.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 24, 2018

        Melania’s not tuff enuf for the big calls. She should’ve kicked Donald out by now. God knows how many more of his “conquests” will be coming out of the woodwork.

        Possibly Michelle. She’s not wearing sensible shoes there though. 😐

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        • David

           /  April 24, 2018

          At least Trumps were consensual by all accounts Hilary,s guy should be in jail. I think Melania, and America, knew exactly what they were getting and I think she was at one stage the other woman.

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      • David

         /  April 24, 2018

        You have a birth certificate problem with Melania besides Donald is doing a pretty fantastic job might as well leave him there for the next 7 years.

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      • seer

         /  April 24, 2018

        Perhaps both Michelle and Melania would make better presidents than their husbands

        I’m sure, Hillary thought that about her husband.

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  2. Patzcuaro

     /  April 24, 2018

    It appears that Trumps rise in approval rating has stalled for the moment and remains stubbornly at a net figure of less than -10. Apart from Rasmussen all polls have the net figure between -10 and -20.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_job_approval-6179.html

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  3. seer

     /  April 24, 2018

    Did George W have a good time?

    You have a birth certificate problem with Melania …

    Barack could help her with that?

    Was Aleister Crowley “present”?

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    • Gezza

       /  April 24, 2018

      Christ – is he sloshed – or what? :/

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      • seer

         /  April 25, 2018

        Happy pills, I thought. But he might be back on the bottle. Apologists have pointed out that the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (Glory glory hallelujah) is a rousing tune.

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  4. MaureenW

     /  April 24, 2018

    Trump spoke highly of Barbra Bush during the Republican primary debates .. he said she would have made a better candidate for President than Jeb. Boom!

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