published Friday, August 28th, 2009

Elder Bush will not attend Kennedy funeral

BOSTON — The elder President George Bush will not be attending Sen. Edward Kennedy’s funeral.

A spokesman for Bush said today that he and his wife, Barbara, decided not to attend Kennedy’s funeral after learning their son, former President George W. Bush, would attend.

Jim McGrath says the 85-year-old Bush feels his son’s presence would “amply and well represent” the family Saturday.

Bush released a condolence statement on behalf of him and his son immediately after Kennedy’s death. It was part of a stream of fond remembrances issued by Republicans.

The other remaining former presidents — Democrats Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton — will join the younger Bush at the service. President Barack Obama will give the eulogy.

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hamsandwich said...

I would not go either. Why in the world would W? Seems like a big waste of time to me. He should follow his dad's good example and no-show.

August 28, 2009 at 5:42 p.m.
EaTn said...

Attendance to any funeral says more about those attending than what is implied about the deceased. Bush Sr. made a valid reason for not attending. Bush Jr. knows the public expects that former presidents are above political motives at funerals, regardless of the deceased party affiliate.

August 28, 2009 at 6:58 p.m.
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