At least one person in the White House understands propriety and compassion. But this exhibition of class only goes to highlight the true nature of our president.
When former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away this week, rumors began to swirl about the guest list for her funeral in Houston. Would Donald Trump attend? Usually, events such as a funeral for a member of a top political family are bipartisan events.
Trump was famously disliked by the Bush family. Barbara Bush even went on the record with her opinions:
‘He doesn’t give many answers to how he would solve problems. He sort of makes faces and says insulting things. He’s said terrible things about women, terrible things about the military. I don’t understand why people are for him, for that reason.’
The president announced that he would not be attending the funeral, sending Melania in his stead:
Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush. First Lady Melania has arrived in Houston to pay our respects. Will be a beautiful day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
Twitter was quick to put Trump in his place:
Yeah I think they would prefer you not. It's on record how Barbara bush actually didn't like you.
She's the last person who wants your opinions.
— Erny leon (@LeonarsErnest) April 21, 2018
Melania, who sat next to President Obama, decided to include some unusual guests to the funeral. People Magazine reported their identity:
‘Mrs. Trump brought George Hainey, former head Maître D’at the White House, and Buddy Carter, a current butler, to the funeral with her as invited guests. She knew they were very close to the Bush family and wanted them to be able to pay their respects.’
Reports in that our @FLOTUS graciously offered to have George Hannie & Buddy Carter who both knew & worked in the @WhiteHouse residence for #BarbaraBush, fly w/ her to attend her funeral today. The residence staff loved @GeorgeHWBush & @BarbaraBushFdn #RIPBarbaraBush #FLOTUS pic.twitter.com/YVnUVlZgma
— Jennifer Pickens (@JenniferPickens) April 21, 2018
This small kindness exhibited by Melania shows that she is much more in touch with the White House staff than her husband. While Melania and Barron Trump remained in New York City, Trump lived solo in the White House (when he wasn’t vacationing at a Trump branded property). Sources report that he created a very unpleasant environment for the staff:
‘The workers — who are proud of where they serve and are not paid a lot — did not feel respected. Morale was low. People were in tears on a few occasions.’
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