As Washington prepares to come together to remember the life of former President George H.W. Bush, former first lady Michelle Obama is making sure she won’t miss it.
In a Sunday tweet, the former first lady announced that she would be canceling two stops on the ongoing tour for her best selling memoir, “Becoming.”
“It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life,” Obama wrote. “This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin.”
Obama added that she has been “deeply touched” by the support for her first book, and said she plans to reschedule the European trip.
It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life. This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin. I’ve been deeply touched by the enthusiasm for my memoir, and I’m working to reschedule my trip for next year.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 2, 2018
“I hope readers and ticket holders will understand my decision regarding my desire to attend President Bush’s funeral, and join me in paying tribute to him and his tremendous contributions to our world,” she wrote in a second tweet.
The former first lady and her husband, former President Barack Obama, honored the elder Bush’s legacy in a statement released shortly after news of his death broke early Saturday morning.
“America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush,” the statement read. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.”
Bush has been honored with a state funeral, as is the tradition for deceased presidents. The former president’s remains will be flown to Washington, D.C. on Monday where he will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
Following a Wednesday ceremony at Washington National Cathedral, Bush’s remains will be flown back to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Following a second funeral service, Bush will be transported by train to the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station, Texas, where the former president will be laid to rest alongside his late wife, former first lady Barbara Bush.