Four US Presidential Generations Paid Tribute To Late Barbara Bush In This Historic Photo
Many political figures came out to pay their respects to former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 92. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attended the funeral accompanied by their wives Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. In addition, the current First Lady, Melania Trump, also made an appearance and was seated next to her peers.
Members of the Bush family, George H.W Bush, George W. Bush, his wife Laura, gave eulogies and greeted attendees.
Legendary photo is born
Such remarkable turnout allowed for a very special photograph to happen. Representatives of several political generations came together in a warm tribute to the late Barbara Bush.
Four former U.S. presidents, including George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, were featured in the photo. Their wives, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama, as well as the current FLOTUS, Melania Trump, joined the former leaders.
1 of 2: Final photos from the funeral of former First Lady Barbara P. Bush. (Credit: @PaulMorsePhoto – Office of George H. W. Bush) pic.twitter.com/r9ElE3Av56
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) 22 апреля 2018 г.
Even though Donald Trump was noticeably absent from the funeral service and, as a result, the photograph, people weren’t upset about it. The touching photo blew up on social media and was wonderfully received, which could’ve been slightly compromised had the current president made an appearance after all.
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) 22 апреля 2018 г.
Why was Donald Trump absent from the service?
The White House released a statement, which explained why the U.S. president didn’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral.
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) 21 апреля 2018 г.
Notably, none of the former presidents attended funerals of the former First Ladies during their term. Barack Obama skipped the service of Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford, Bill Clinton didn’t show up to pay respects to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and George W. Bush was absent from the funeral of Bird Johnson.