President Donald Trump on Wednesday attended the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at the age of 94. All living former presidents and first ladies were also present, but it was Trump's arrival that got the most attention, and how he seemed to turn the whole thing awkward.
Check out the mood before Trump arrived:
The Obamas and Clintons share a quick laugh inside the National Cathedral. Trumps have not been seated yet. https://t.co/oHgPe5FXW1— Monica Alba (@Monica Alba) 1544024269.0
And then after:
This is not awkward at all. https://t.co/JhHBUVjKIE— Jonathan Ellis (@Jonathan Ellis) 1544025199.0
Fox News' Chris Wallace described a "chill" when Trump showed up.
What happened between these two pictures..? 🤔 🤣 🤣 #bush #georgehwbush #clinton #obama #Trump #funeral #Remembering41 https://t.co/1Xo5UEHfgt— Tob Casey (@Tob Casey) 1544026043.0
Taking his seat in the front row next to his wife, Trump greeted the Obamas as he entered the pews. It was the first time the two First Families have seen each other since Trump's inauguration.
President Trump and President Obama greet each other for the first time since Inauguration Day at Bush 41 State fun… https://t.co/rbPjju8oIP— Justin Fishel (@Justin Fishel) 1544025427.0
The Clintons, situated in the middle of the bench, did not acknowledge Trump. Same goes for the Carters at the other end.
Hillary Clinton did not move a muscle. The shade was real.
I wish I could commit to anything as hard as Hillary Clinton commits herself to not making eye contact with Donald… https://t.co/sfl6GoI3fo— Rob Flaherty (@Rob Flaherty) 1544026975.0
Trump's posture during the touching eulogies was very telling as well. Trump, sulking with his arms folded, is visibly uncomfortable listening to tributes to Bush -- a war hero and venerated statesman -- from family, friends, and foreign dignitaries.
And it did not go unnoticed.
I'm no body language expert so can somebody help me read this? 😏 https://t.co/YYpGtvogz2— Rebecca Starovich (@Rebecca Starovich) 1544028846.0
Today was not about him, and that never sits well with Trump.
omfg, Trump is getting trolled so hard at George H.W. Bush's funeral. The speakers are very pointedly praising NATO… https://t.co/ECpdEKPYA3— Caroline Orr (@Caroline Orr) 1544029712.0
On Wednesday morning, Trump expressed his excitement for the funeral, which he called a "celebration," on Twitter.
"Looking forward to being with the Bush family," Trump tweeted. "This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!"
Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man… https://t.co/UXuWeI1wX1— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1544018191.0
@realDonaldTrump Did this human tweet..."Looking forward to"... Who looks forward to attending a funeral???— Spike (@Spike) 1544035084.0
@Alex_Carlton @realDonaldTrump He actually did a 👍at a funeral? 🙄— The Kateroo #madashell (@The Kateroo #madashell) 1544040789.0
@realDonaldTrump Look at you trying your best to have an emotion. Great effort! https://t.co/ibeB6BtM4I— Alexandra Carlton (@Alexandra Carlton) 1544039575.0
@realDonaldTrump A picture paints a thousand words https://t.co/JmOw67Q4c3— Colin Elderbrant (@Colin Elderbrant) 1544038925.0
@realDonaldTrump You we’re invited. U came. U were shunned. U looked awkward, like u didn’t want 2 b there. And it… https://t.co/TQXG4R5QjG— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy) 1544035592.0
Sure, there were no disruptions from Trump.
The bar is set so low to begin with, however, that the media praised him for his behavior at Bush's Tuesday memorial service.
It was not well-received.
Donald Trump is getting praised for his behavior at Bush’s funeral. Our president is such an asshole, we have to re… https://t.co/IeOkfXAyE7— Chelsea Handler (@Chelsea Handler) 1543970416.0
@chelseahandler Still though.. https://t.co/iflwLqf6Jh— Yujiro Pails (@Yujiro Pails) 1543970769.0
@chelseahandler Because “not pissing on stage” is the new presidential.— Spice Jones (@Spice Jones) 1543977884.0
@chelseahandler This tweet effectively sums up the entire Trump Presidency— Sameer Acharya (@Sameer Acharya) 1543972564.0
Bush funeral prediction: If Trump doesn't heckle, spontaneously combust or wander out of the cathedral at the wrong… https://t.co/vGPcBCfOQY— Edward Luce (@Edward Luce) 1544025568.0
In 2 days we’re going to get headlines like “Trump Looks Presidential at Bush Funeral” because he manages to sit qu… https://t.co/nIRSkITsSg— Jason O. Gilbert (@Jason O. Gilbert) 1543857384.0
CNN Anchor: "So how did Trump do today?" CNN panelist 1: "Well, you have to give him props for not burning down… https://t.co/69FrrQzpPZ— Adam Best (@Adam Best) 1544019730.0
NBC NEWS headline: "Trump sits still like a big boy for 45 minutes, reminds the nation how statesmanlike he can be"— Adam Best (@Adam Best) 1544020118.0
One exception though: Trump was criticized for not reciting the Apostle's Creed during the Tuesday service. We will let the religious right grapple with that.
President George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018).