Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura will attend the inauguration of Donald Trump later this month. Also attending will be former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Fox News host Bret Baier tweeted out a statement from a Bush family spokesman:
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 3, 2017
President and Mrs. George W. Bush will attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on January 20, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power —a hallmark of American democracy —and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President Pence.
The Bush family, including Governor Jeb Bush, former President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush refused to endorse Trump during the campaign and did not attend the GOP convention over the summer. CBS reports that both George W. Bush and his wife Laura chose not to vote for Trump or Clinton but instead left the presidential portion of the ballot blank.
The Clintons also announced today they would be attending the Trump inauguration. A brief story at New York magazine relying on sources within Clinton world said the couple had consulted with “trusted advisers and friends” and finally decided to attend “out of a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.”
It wasn’t just advisers and friends who urged Clinton to go. Last month a top Democratic donor told Politico, “It would be especially bad if the Clintons did not attend, because it seems like they do not support the transition of power.” The donor added, “It would be petty, they have to suck it up. [Hillary] has to go as a former first lady. She will sit prominently.”
Former President Jimmy Carter RSVP’d for the event last month. Former President George H.W. Bush will not attend the inauguration.