As we close in on the start of a new era in Washington, speculation has turned to the details of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. January 20th promises to be a historic day, but not everyone has been excited to take part in the festivities.
Numerous musicians have declined to perform at the event, perhaps because they’re finally making good on their promise to move to Canada? We can only hope. Even entertainment that has been secured has had problems getting all of their members to stay on board.
Of course, who will provide the entertainment isn’t the only mystery surrounding who will be in attendance at the inauguration. Traditionally, living former presidents have accepted invites unless they’re battling health issues. However, it was recently revealed that only Jimmy Carter had accepted Trump’s invite to attend.
Speculation continued to build over whether former president George W. Bush would attend. Despite being a Republican, Trump’s primary battle with his brother Jeb Bush was at times bitter, and the former president was once a vocal critic of the President-elect. This lead some in the media to assume the 43rd president would remain on the sidelines for the inauguration. However, the former president released a statement announcing he and former first lady Laura Bush would indeed be in attendance. From Politico:
Former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush will attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Bush’s office announced Tuesday.“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,” Bush’s office said in a statement. The commitment to attend shows that the former president is willing to move on from the election and come together to move the country forward.
It was also recently announced that former president and first lady Bill and Hillary Clinton would attend. Unfortunately, George Bush Sr. will be unable to attend due to his health and age, making him the only living former president who will not be at the inauguration.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]