From The Daily Mail:
“Putting the bitter presidential race aside, both Hillary and Bill Clinton will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration later this month, according to CNN.
The news comes on the heels of both President George W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, planning to be on hand.
President Bush’s spokesman, Freddy Ford, confirmed the couple would be there.
‘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,’ Ford said.
Beyond that, no information was released on the Bushes’ participation, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter was the first member of the ex-presidents club who said he planned to attend the January 20 swearing-in.
The Bush family’s relationship with Trump has been fraught since the billionaire bested former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the brother of Bush 43 and son of Bush 41, in the GOP primary, forcing him to drop out even before his home state of Florida voted.
Trump expertly labeled the ex-governor ‘low energy,’ a term that plagued Bush’s short-lived presidential campaign.
After that, none of the Bush family members endorsed Trump throughout his campaign.
No Bush attended this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland as well.
Neither George W. Bush or Laura Bush voted for the Republican nominee, while reports suggested that George H.W. Bush voted for Hillary Clinton.
A spokesman for George H.W. Bush said he wouldn’t be attending Trump’s inauguration, citing the 92-year-old’s age.
It’s tradition for living ex-presidents to show up for a new president’s inauguration, regardless of political party.
For example, Carter, a liberal Democrat, attended the inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2001, after a contentious campaign against Democrat Al Gore, in which Gore, the sitting vice president, won the popular vote and Bush, the governor of Texas, won the electoral college vote and with that, the White House.
Like Hillary Clinton will do later this month, Gore attended Bush’s inauguration, after just being beat by the Republican, even meeting with the president-elect at the White House before the swearing-in.
Additionally, every living ex-president attended the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, who made history as the country’s first African-American leader.
Republican Sen. John McCain, who was bested by Obama in the general election, attended the 2009 swearing-in as well.”
H/T: The Daily Mail