The sore losers mantra persists in the political elitist worlds of Bush and Clinton as both former presidents break from long-standing tradition in accepting invitations to an upcoming presidential inauguration.
Via POLITICO :
“One month out, Jimmy Carter is the only former president to RSVP to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, while Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are putting off their decision until the new year.
…’It would be especially bad if the Clintons did not attend, because it seems like they do not support the transition of power,” said a top Clinton donor. “It would be petty, they have to suck it up. [Hillary] has to go as a former first lady. She will sit prominently.’
A spokesperson for Trump’s inaugural committee did not respond to a request for comment.”
President-Elect Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated the upcoming inauguration is to be a celebration “for the people” and not the celebrity and special interests that have dominated previous presidential inauguration events.
That said, an absence of former presidents attending the inauguration with be a clear symbolic slap to the face of the incoming President of the United States. Let us hope both Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush put the needs of a country first, and put aside personal differences they may have with Mr. Trump.
We shall see.