Trump, Obama, Clinton: is this the most awkward seating plan ever?

Calvin Saunders
December 7, 2018

Bush, right, cries after speaking during the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral on Wednesday in Washington. The night before, more than 11,000 people paid their respects as his casket lay in repose all night at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where his family worshipped.

The greetings between the former presidents and Trump were brief and courteous, albeit awkward. George W. Bush, who as president was sometimes prone to an occasional cry, appeared to steel himself with deep breaths throughout the service before letting out a sob.

Calling Bush a "charter member of the Greatest Generation", Baker said Bush was the "nation's best one-term president".

"My siblings and I refer to the guys in this group as 'brothers from other mothers, '" said Bush, eliciting laughs from the audience, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. All four living ex-U.S. presidents and first ladies - Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, as well as George W. Bush and Laura Bush - are expected to attend.

The Twitter post came as dignitaries began to arrive at Washington's National Cathedral for former president Mr Bush's funeral on Wednesday afternoon.

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Brit Hume weighed in Wednesday on Rush Limbaugh's contention that the media's praise for George H.W. Bush after his death has been "phony".

When he sat down, he reached over and shook the hands of the Obamas.

Meacham remembered Bush as "America's last great soldier statesman, a 20th century founding father", who stood firm against both totalitarianism and "unthinking partisanship". Many federal offices are closed along with Wall Street stock markets. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

"I don't think it's respect for the human being if you talk smack about them, if you say the nastiest things about them, if you treat them as subhuman, and then you want to show up at their funeral". His final resting place is alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia at age 3.

A patrician figure, Bush was voted out of office in part for failing to connect with ordinary Americans during an economic recession. Mulroney also spoke at the funeral for Bush's Republican predecessor, Ronald Reagan, in 2004.

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