America’s oldest living president knew he was not going to be able to travel to Washington, D.C. to watch President-elect Donald Trump take the oath of office this Friday.
From Western Journalism
And so last week, former President George H.W. Bush sent a note to Trump, adding a personal touch to the media reports that had said he would be unable to attend due to his health.
From Trump’s office: a note from George H.W. Bush about missing the inauguration pic.twitter.com/9LuYSIg2wm
— Axios (@axios) January 18, 2017
“Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for you inauguration on January 20th,” the note began.
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under,” Bush said in the letter, which was released by his office. “Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
Bush, 92, had sent the note, dated Jan. 10, before he was hospitalized Saturday for shortness of breath. Spokesman for Bush say he is expected to be released from the hospital later this week.
“But we will be with you and the country in spirit,” Bush wrote.
Although the Bush political clan had kept its distance from Trump the candidate, after a fierce Republican presidential primary campaign in which Bush’s son, Jeb Bush, was often a target for Trump’s mockery, the former president wanted Trump to know he stands with him now.
“I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know,” the note read.
Some on Twitter commented that the note revealed much about the greatness of the former president.
GHWB is such a class act. https://t.co/YqPrZAwMWP
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) January 18, 2017
THIS is class https://t.co/ZuW6zVAenX
— Noah J Robinson (@noahjrobinson23) January 18, 2017
— Laurie Brown (@brolaurie) January 18, 2017
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