Losing a loved one is tough enough without having others use it as a platform to voice their personal opinions. When John McCain passed, it was used as a way for some to grandstand against President Donald Trump, and in that knowledge, the Bush family made sure people understood that there won’t be a repeat of events at their father George H.W. Bush’s funeral.
The tension between Trump and the Bush’s has been thick, especially after Trump had attacked the Bush family from multiple angles during the course of his campaign, sometimes legitimately, sometimes childishly. However, whatever friction the two families had experienced in the past is going to be put away, at least for the time being, in order to honor Bush 41 after his passing.
The Bush family made it clear that Trump is welcome at their father’s funeral, and Trump sent Air Force One to carry the body of the former President and has offered the Blair House, a guest residence across from the White House, as a place where the Bush’s can stay during their time in D.C. Melania Trump has also invited former First Lady Laura Bush to the White House.
According to the Washington Post, Trump will attend the funeral and sit alongside the other former living Presidents, though Trump will not deliver a eulogy, and any comparisons to Trump will be kept out of it:
While Trump will not deliver a eulogy, he will be seated in the front row alongside former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Bush’s son, former president George W. Bush, will deliver a eulogy.
“If you have a sensitivity for human feelings, you just don’t get into that,” Simpson said in an interview Monday. “It’s not what a funeral is for.”
Another Bush confidant said, “The comparisons are presenting themselves; we are not heightening them,” according to a person familiar with the funeral preparations.
A third person, who like others close to the preparations spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly, said the tone of Wednesday’s funeral will reflect the sense of propriety of Bush, who “wouldn’t want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president.”
Throughout their time presenting themselves to the public, the Bush’s have always conducted themselves with grace, even in the face of nastiness from their opponents. It’s good to see that this still continues and that peace between the two families can be achieved.