"To avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service, President Trump will not attend". His granddaughters are providing readings during the service and his grandsons are serving as pallbearers.
American political families from both sides of the aisle gathered to pay tribute to the life of former first lady Barbara Bush today. Bush and her husband, George H.W. Bush, lengthy worshipped.
Other presidents also have not attended the funerals of former first ladies.
President Donald Trump is not attending the service however launched a press release saying his "ideas and prayers" are "with your complete Bush household".
The Rev. Dr. Russell Jones Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, said she was humble, courageous and "tired of waiting on the next chapter".
Country music star Lee Greenwood traveled the country with Barbara Bush and knew her for over 30 years. You can see photos from the remarkable woman's funeral here.
About 1,500 people are expected at the private service Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where Mrs. Bush once said of her husband, "One thing I can say about George - he may not be able to keep a job, but he's certainly not boring!" Jeb Bush, will deliver a eulogy along with her longtime friend, Susan Baker, and historian Jon Meacham, according to a statement from the Bush family.
To begin with woman Melania has came to pay for our worth. Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton will also attend. Follow along with the full program for the service Following the funeral service, the Bush family will proceed by motorcade to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas for a brief, private interment ceremony.
The wife of the 41st president of the USA and the mother of the 43rd US president died on Tuesday at her home in Houston.
He choked up at one point while addressing the roughly 1,500 people seated inside the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parents regularly worshipped, when saying his mother - who was known for her self-deprecating remarks about her wrinkles and gray hair - was "beautiful" until the very end.
Four former presidents and current first lady Melania Trump were among the many who turned out Saturday morning for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.
After seeing how many people had lined up to pay their respects to his wife, former President George H.W. Bush made a decision to attend - he sat at the front of the church in a wheelchair, offering his hand and smiled as people shook it, for about 15 minutes.
He then drew laughs with a nod to Bush's famously sharp tongue: "She called her style a benevolent dictatorship, but honestly, it wasn't all that benevolent".
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