When he is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Donald Trump will have all of the still-living former Presidents in attendance, except one. Democrats Jummy Carter, Bill Clinton (and his wife and Trump’s chief competitor in last year’s election, Hillary Clinton) and outgoing President Barack Obama will all be there, grumbling. Republican George W. Bush will be there. Bush’s father, though, the 41st President of the United States, will not be attending, due to health issues. He is quite old, and is suffering from pneumonia. His wife, Barbara, is also in the hospital. Bush wrote Trump this week, to apologize for missing his big day, and to offer kind words to the next leader of the United States.
The letter reads,
Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your Inauguration on January 20th. My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.
But we will be with you and the country in spirit. I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know.
All the best,
The Bush family strongly opposed Trump during the campaign, mostly because senior Bush’s oldest son, Jeb Bush, was also running for President. But he appears to have let bygones be bygones and accepted Trump’s win. It would appear from the letter that he is willing to forget the past in order to allow Trump the time and energy to focus on the future.
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