According to a report from CNN on Monday morning, the speakers who will eulogize former President George H.W. Bush at his Wednesday memorial service at Washington National Cathedral have been selected, and of course, they include only those who knew him best, both personally and politically.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, with whom Bush worked on the 1991 Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement, and who shared a friendship with Bush for decades, will pay his respects. Campaign finance reform champion Alan Simpson will speak, along with Bush’s personal biographer Jon Meacham.
And of course, Bush’s namesake, George W. Bush, will deliver the final farewell to his father. It was George Junior who heard the last words his dad ever spoke: “I love you too.”
Notably absent from the lineup is the current President, whose experience with Bush even recently has been limited to mocking his “kind” approach to governance and even openly making fun of the elder statesman at a rally in Montana earlier this year:
One can tell, however, that Trump is not pleased with the fact that he will be limited to a condolence call with the family on Tuesday and silent remembrance at the Wednesday memorial. Somehow Trump thought it was in good taste to tweet about how much he’s “looking forward to” the funeral this week:
Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
Bush died on November 30 at the age of 94, just a few short months after the passing of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.
His remains are en route to Washington from Texas today.
Trump will no doubt tweet again about Bush and his family during this week, as it is his habit to try and make any public event, whether celebratory or tragic, all about himself.
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