I love this photograph.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 22, 2018
On Saturday, the late Barbara Bush was laid to rest. Even though there’s no hard-and-fast protocol for who attends the funerals of former FLOTUSes, there were four former presidents in attendance for Barbara Bush’s funeral: her widower George H.W. Bush, her son George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Melania Trump were also in attendance. Donald Trump announced that he wouldn’t attend days before the funeral, and it later came out that the Bushes had quietly encouraged him to stay away because he was so unwelcome. Melania brought some of the White House residential staffers who had worked under the Bush family. All while Emperor Baby Fists spent the weekend golfing and rage-tweeting about witch hunts.
It’s no surprise that the Clintons were in attendance – in the years after H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton left office, the two men became very close. George W. Bush even referred to Bill as something like another brother. So the Bushes and the Clintons have been close for years, and reportedly the Bushes really care for the Obama family as well. It was said that Barack and Michelle Obama attended the funeral because of how much they cared for the Bush family personally too. You can see that in the header photo, the affection between the former first families, especially with W. Bush’s arms around both his wife and Hillary Clinton. And look at Michelle taking one for the team and putting her arm around Melania.
The Bushes apparently made a seating arrangement for the first rows of the funeral service, and purposefully put Melania next to Barack Obama. Melania has never looked happier or more relaxed, quite honestly. She and Barack even shared a quiet smile or private joke.
Yes it is very nice of Obama to be nice to Melania despite her birtherism. However, Black people are not required to be polite to racists who have hurt them. It would have also been fine if he told her to go kick rocks. Stop looking for black people to heal racists. pic.twitter.com/AiIGcx1NLO
— Ashley Nicole Black Panther (@ashleyn1cole) April 22, 2018
This photo from Barbara Bush’s funeral speaks volumes. After everything Trump has done to Obama, Obama still treats Melania with kindness and respect. What a diplomat and gentleman. That’s a real President. No way Trump would be half this warm to Michelle. pic.twitter.com/7BSqplbdhT
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) April 21, 2018
Photos courtesy of Getty, Twitter.