Bushes will not attend inauguration
January 18th, 2013
09:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Bushes will not attend inauguration

(CNN) - Neither former President George H.W. Bush nor his son former President George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Both attended Obama's first inauguration in 2009, when the younger Bush's second term ended. Former presidents often attend inaugurations and have prominent seats alongside legislators, Supreme Court justices and other dignitaries.

This will be the first inauguration that the elder Bush has missed since 1997, according to spokesman Jim McGrath. That year, former President Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term.

The elder Bush was released on Monday from a Houston hospital, where he had spent more than a month after being admitted with bronchitis. He spent a week in intensive care as doctors treated a fever.

His doctor said Bush would continue to receive physical therapy as an outpatient. At age 88, he is the oldest living president and is four months older than former President Jimmy Carter.

Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the younger Bush, told CNN, "President and Mrs. Bush wish President Obama and his family all the best for a wonderful inaugural weekend." Ford did not say why Bush would not attend.

Obama will take the oath of office for his second term at noon Sunday, as is constitutionally required, at the White House. The ceremony at the Capitol will be held on Monday.

– CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report


Filed under: George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Thomas More

    Obama is a bully – always has been. He lures his challengers in and then embarrasses them as they sit there. It is amazing that he is so mean, but the media portray him as the nice guy.....

    January 19, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Liberty1957

    I wouldn't either....no celebration necessary. Such a sad occation.

    January 19, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. stateschool

    H.W.'s absence is entirely understandable. Dubya is embarrassing himself again, however.

    January 19, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Ted van Tol

    George W Bush knows his place in history.

    January 19, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Ted van Tol

    The picture is ausome. It looks like Barack is throwing him out of the White House! I love it!

    January 19, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. LR

    I hope to never see W. Bush's face again!

    January 19, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Not that we miss him one iota but let him keep cutting brush on that ugly ranch of his where he spent 1/3 of his presidency doing.

    January 19, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. cb

    George should attend. He owes Barack a lot. History books will remember these 8 years as possibly the worst in US history, thus overshadowing Bush spending, etc. He should attend and grin from ear to ear.

    January 19, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Andrew Hyatt Masset

    He won't attend for fear he will be blamed for the destruction of the American economy and way of life. Just sayin'....

    January 19, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. abmri60

    What is W's reason for not attending ??
    Since leaving the WH he has not been in the limelight much !

    January 19, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. mabel floyd

    who cares?

    January 19, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Danita

    I wouldn't attend either. I've already got higher taxes, higher insurance, high food bills, electric and this man claimed he's for the middle class. No he's just about making sure the welfare folks get their share of our pockets. He had the nerve to give himself a raise this year too.

    January 19, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. Crocker

    George W. can catch the event on tv like the rest of you. I for one will be busy with other tasks such as mucking out some horse stalls, cleaning out the chicken coop, etc.

    January 19, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Gene Brady

    Junior didn't even see his Dad in the hospital, so I'm sure the Obama's really don't expect him nor will miss him and probably didn't invite him and will have fun without him and a stimulating conversation with his absence.

    January 19, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Bubba Einstein

    Well that about sums up the opinion Republicans have of President Obama.

    January 19, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. MrRickinNH

    Stay away... far away!

    January 19, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Grahame Rhodes

    doesn't surprise me in the slightest. Bush senior I can understand because of his health. But W HA! Sour grapes. But what do you expect from this wining nobody. Bet Chaney will pass too

    January 19, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. sifto

    Why should the classy Bushes attend this inauguration?–To be unfairly trashed and slurred by Obama the way he did it the last time?

    January 19, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. TennBob

    Why would anybody attend? Obama's presidency is another sad day for our country. It wouldn't be a thrill for me to see either George W. Bush, the worst president ever, or Obama, who is in the running to match Jimmy Carter as the most "do-nothing" president.

    Is there anybody on either side of the political spectrum who can be a "good" president for a change?

    January 19, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Mack

    Unprofessional and mean-spirited on W's part. I understand HW and the health issue, but the W snub is really, really lame.

    January 19, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. So What

    That is not Bush W anyways. It one of his doubles or clones. The real Bush was replaced many years ago.

    January 19, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Michael Q

    Disappointed the Bushes will not attend. Understand why Bush Sr. (health) can't make it, but as far as Bush Jr. is concerned, I thought no matter what the politics involved, the past-presidents understood each other and were sort of an exclusive club each having been there previously. Perhaps Bush Jr. is still suffering from the snubs of the American public and his own Republican party? Very sad, indeed!

    January 19, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Tom

    After all the bashing that Uncle Barry has done, good for him. Why would you stand next to a man that cannot grasp what he is doing to our country. A man that has a free pass from the press and a man that could care less what about anything but THUG politics. Yeah, yeah, Bush ruined everything. Whatever. 4 years later, the economy still stinks, giving hand outs left and right, still lots of people out of jobs. Food prices, gas prices, retail prices all way up. Taxes just went up for EVERYBODY. Life is good in the world of Barry. Lord help the next generations.

    What some folks just can't grasp is nothing is ever fixed by just throwing money at it. We have spent trillions and trillions of dollars and still have a crappy economy. Yeah, yeah, it's the Republicans fault. Yeah, yeah, deflect the blame. Yup, keep spending money. Yup, keep campaigning. But, how about you stay at home and try and work with both parties. How about compromise????????? All is well in America.

    January 19, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Chris

    I have no doubt that the younger Bush would have attended the inaugural of Romney, if R. had been elected.

    January 19, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Kat

    That's nice. I'm not going either for the record.

    January 19, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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