The last presidential election has been one of the most bitterly-fought, controversial and divisive polls in the electoral history of the U.S. So much so that until today, with less than three weeks to go before the inauguration of the next U.S. President, contentious issues, various allegations even if unfounded, and an astonishing degree by which some personalities refuse to accept the election outcome continue to hound President-elect Donald Trump. While Trump is busy preparing for his incoming Presidency and according to some political observers, already effectively working as Commander-In-Chief in some crucial matters like the economy and foreign affairs, his critics and enemies are just as preoccupied trying to delegitimize his presidency and sabotage his inauguration by calling for boycotts and snubs, with exaggerated reports coming out that even past presidents will not give him the honor of their attendance to his inauguration.
But when it comes to respecting and preserving the proud and honorable traditions and principles of American democracy, the real statesmen can be separated from those who are just mere politicians. It has just been announced today that former President George W. Bush, along with his wife and former first lady Laura, will attend Trump's Inauguration on the 20th of this month. A statement from the party of 43rd U.S. President says the Bush couple is looking forward to witnessing the "peaceful transfer of power" when Trump takes his oath of office. Prior to Bush's announcement today, Jimmy Carter was the only former U.S. president who has confirmed attendance to Trump's Inauguration. Carter is a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House. Bush, of course, is a Republican, that is why his absence from the historic event, would have become more controversial.
Many previously believe the speculations and rumors that the younger Bush may actually skip Trump's Inauguration since he rejected his fellow Republican Trump during the general election. A spokesperson for the Bush couple confirmed that they did not vote for either Trump or Hillary, instead marked the " none of the above" on their ballots while voting Republican for the rest of the posts on their Texas ballots.
There has been some bad blood reported between Bush and Trump. Trump went up against Bush's brother Jeb during the Republican primary, whom he also famously dismissed as " low energy". The elder Bush, also former President, George H.W. Bush was reported during the campaign to have intimated to some people that he'll vote for Hillary. Trump also criticized the younger Bush for his decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The elder Bush and wife, former first lady Barbara, are not attending the inauguration ceremonies citing their old age- George is 92 and Laura, 91. The elderly Bush couple were also unable to attend the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
It was also announced that former President Bill Clinton and his wife, defeated presidential candidate Hillary will likewise attend Trump's Inauguration.