In just over two weeks, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. It is usually customary for former presidents and their wives to attend the inauguration ceremonies in Washington D.C. anytime a new president is sworn in. A lot of people wondered if former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, would attend Trump’s inauguration. Well, it looks like Bill and Hillary Clinton will show up at the inauguration on January 20th, 2017.
On Tuesday, the Clintons announced that they were going to attend the inauguration after all. This announcement was made just shortly after it was confirmed that former President George W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, would attend the ceremony. However, the decision that the Clintons made to attend the ceremony was probably not as easy as it was for the Bushes.
Throughout the 2016 general election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were bitter rivals. They both thought the other was highly unqualified to be president and they said horrible things about each other on the campaign trail. Then when she lost the November 8th presidential election, Mrs. Clinton sort of disappeared from the spotlight and avoided making any more public appearances. So, it will be interesting to see her go to the inauguration and watch her former rival take the oath of office.
Even the Bushes are not on best terms with Donald Trump either. During the Republican primaries, Trump went after former Florida Governor Jeb Bush every chance he could get. This made others in the Bush family, like George Bush Jr., very angry with Trump. Now it seems like they are putting their past feelings aside so they can try and unite the Republican Party.
It was also reported that former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, will be in attendance. The only living president who won’t be showing up is former President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush. They claim it is because of the president’s health that they won’t be there.