Bushes will not attend inauguration
January 18th, 2013
09:18 PM ET
2 years 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. Jim

    41 has health issues and I can understand why he would avoid sub-freezing temps. 43 simply does not do the "ex-president thing." He has stayed out of the limelight, he has not criticized the current president, and he has not supported the current president. I can see why he would opt to do something else that day.

    January 19, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. sieben13

    bush is a embarrassment to our country and history will view as such

    January 19, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Paul

    No surprise. They weren't even invited to Republican rallies before the last election.

    January 19, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. StXavier

    Sorry the older Bush well not or can not attend it's OK Bush the farther is OK in mybook but the son is failure an he can stay at home no one want to see him any ways.

    January 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. lindaluttrell

    Congratulations & best wishes, Mr. President!

    January 19, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. kenny

    Why does everything bush does is wrong and everything obama does is right. Shame on cnn for being such a hyorocite

    January 19, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Sagebrush Shorty

    I won't be there either.

    January 19, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. w l jones

    Formers President H.W, Bush is a anchor in this country he desere nothing but repect from all of us as a very fine ex .president and person. Wish a speeded recover. Again and again Bless one of our best.

    January 19, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. n, tx

    Bush who bush? The only thing the bush's bought to white house and American was embarrassment, rest of the world hate us because of both bush, both the bushes can stay home.

    January 19, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Brenda

    Old Bush is sick. Nobody wants GW at any party.

    January 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. RonSki

    I'll miss the "Old Man" not being there, but as far as Junior, I fugure it's one less trip to pay for to bring that clown to Washington again....you know HE wouldn'y pay for it!!

    January 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. john

    And won't be missed. He is likely embarrassed to be seen in public.

    January 19, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. M-W-T

    bush 43.....WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!!!
    In 50 years,...history will show just how bad 43 was.....he screwed ALL AMERICANS,....and had almost 4500 killed on a LIE......good job republicans, good job

    January 19, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Wallaceboy

    It would be interesting to look back a century from now. My guess is that Bush senior will be ranked among the best. While GW will not be near the top he will surely come in better than Obama.

    January 19, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Stephen

    History will vindacate Bush 43...everybody hated Bush41 when he left and now everybody loves him...what does America have to celebrate?...another 4 wasted years....

    January 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Hammerdog

    bush is a embarrassment to our country and history will view as such

    January 19, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Thinkergal

    What - no one thought to invite Cheney? Give him an opportunity to fake another injury so he would not have to stand up in honor of the U. S. President.

    January 19, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Brian

    Bush 43 is afraid to set foot in DC because someone may decide to arrest him for war crimes and treason. Or some recent vet decides to take a shot at him, you know, for putting him in harm's way based on a lie. Elder Bush can sit at home and count all his Saudi oil money.

    January 19, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. ArizonaYankee

    Especially good for 43. Obama has done nothing but criticize him, but kept all of 43 policies in place, especially tax relief, and Homeland security, re; gitmo...Obama is a total fraud, and If I were 43, I would not get involved in anything Obama.

    January 19, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. sonnie3

    Until now #44 takes all those honors over in a mudslide.

    January 19, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Steve-GDI

    Curious how this story made it to "print"? Given the problems we face with the economy, continued unrest across the globe, and domestic violence, why does this story matter? Is it an other wedge plunged into the divide of left and right forcing us away from the center (where compromises and solutions are found)? It is very likely that this type of article is designed to fuel the fires of class-division? I felt compelled to respond, like the 113 before me, to write something, however the hate and malice written by some (from "both sides of the aisle") made me stop and ask, why the hate and how does it get us any closer to unity, or at the very least tolerance? Too many questions and as long as we are fed divisive "news" we aren't going to get any better as a society or nation. Let's all THINK and then act... at the polls.

    January 19, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Mr Smooth

    I understand why the elder can't attend, and I wish him a speedy recovery, As far as Bush 43, I hope he realizes how bad he set back this country economically with two wars (Iraq wasn't necessary) and taking care of his rich friends with the "Bush tax cuts". He was "selected" (not elected) twice because he knows he didn't win either election. Stay home "43", and I pray President Obama will be able to get us out of this mess "43" put this country in. If you want to do something good, tell your friends in Congress the people spoke on election day and they should assist the President so this country in becoming the UNITED States of America!!!

    January 19, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. j

    Funny because king Obama has kept nearly all off 43's policies he's a real winner

    January 19, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. B.

    Not surprised, George Bush’s time was a period of mindless arrogance and stupidity and will go down in American history as one of the lowest points in Presidential leadership..

    January 19, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. James

    Well why would he show up ? He has been blamed for everything since Obama took office on his first day up until know , if he goes and should the weather turns bad they would put the Blame on President Bush. So I wouldn't go either.

    January 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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