The who’s who of the political world and political press world attended first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. Considering both her husband and son served as president of the United States, she came from a dynasty that had its major troubles and criticisms. Her husband dealt with the Gulf War, and her son plunged America into a neverending war.
However, compared to what America faces now in the White House, the dynasty and legacy she comes from are a far sight better than what we have going on right now.
Regardless, the invitation-only service was packed with the people that she impacted in one way or another. Also in attendance were the usual people you would expect.
It’s expected that a former or current president would attend such a funeral. Indeed, Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton attended the funeral.
However, the current president, “President” Donald Trump was nowhere to be seen. The first lady Melania Trump attended and was seated next to Obama; however, Trump was chilling at Mar-a-Lago (the Summer White House) watching the funeral from his luxurious resort.
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace attended the service and criticized the president for not attending and also used it as a way of criticizing his administration.
‘Everything else we’re living through feels survivable when you see those four families in one room together. They just weren’t in one room, they were in one row. I know you watched it, but to see all of them together and to understand that only the 41s – which is what we call George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, they’re the 41s as opposed to the 43s George W. Bush and Laura Bush – only the 41s would have reached back to the man that defeated him, the Clintons, and forward to the man who came after their son and formed such meaningful bonds.’
She went on to explain they weren’t fake relationships veiled behind the polite smiles you give someone you actually hate.
‘These aren’t phony friendships, these aren’t shallow bonds. These are deep bonds. It was President Obama who awarded 41 the Medal of Freedom, and it was Bill Clinton – we joked so much in the 43 White House – he was present, he was around because he was 41’s buddy. They joined together to raise money after the tragic tsunami. Bill Clinton became an important voice on policy matters when it came to AIDS in Africa.
‘But that bond was forged through Bush 41 and Barbara Bush. And those relationships are there for the whole country to feel reassured that Democrats and Republicans can work together and that when things matter – there was a lot of talk from Jon Meachem and from Jeb Bush about how much Barbara Bush valued civility, kindness, and decency. I think those messages are messages everyone in this country needs to hear right now.’
Wallace’s remarks bring up a fantastic point. Trump may be president, but he will never truly be part of the elite club of men (and hopefully women one day). Many stories are written with that theme. However, the difference here is that it’s the elitists who usually won’t let the outsider join the club in literature.
This time, however, Trump’s own behavior, rhetoric, and vulgarity are what will keep him out of the president’s club.
You can watch Wallace’s remarks below.
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