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. pic.twitter.com/oHgPe5FXW1
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) December 5, 2018
And then after:
This is not awkward at all. pic.twitter.com/JhHBUVjKIE
— Jonathan Ellis (@jonathanellis) December 5, 2018
Fox News’ Chris Wallace described a “chill” when Trump showed up.
— Tob Casey (@TobCasey) December 5, 2018
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 funeral. pic.twitter.com/DAaFA57rQp
— Justin Fishel (@JustinFishelABC) December 5, 2018
The Clintons, situated in the middle of the bench, did not acknowledge Trump. Same goes for the Carters at the other end.
The Trumps are seated next to:
1) The president Trump said was illegitimate (Obama)
2) The president he said assaulted women (Clinton)
3) The first lady/SoS he said should be in jail (Hillary)
4) The president he said was the second-worst, behind Obama (Carter) pic.twitter.com/J63WVhs7HU
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) December 5, 2018
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 Trump pic.twitter.com/69gZNaZyx8
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) December 5, 2018
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? 😏 pic.twitter.com/YYpGtvogz2
— Rebecca Starovich (@RStarovich) December 5, 2018
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, NAFTA, & the Clean Air Act, and warning against "giving into our worst impulses."
… and Trump, per usual, looks like a petulant child. pic.twitter.com/nnXl1pVqBa
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) December 5, 2018
On Wednesday morning, Trump expressed his excitement for the funeral, which he called a “celebration,” on Twitter.