The Trumps Sat Next to the Obamas and the Clintons at President Bush’s Funeral 一 It Was Awkward

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All of the living American presidents joined together to honor former President George H.W. Bush including President Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter — in the same row.

The presidents sat in order of their service, next to their first ladies. President Trump and Melania arrived after the former presidents had been seated. When the current arrived, he shook the hands of Barack and Michelle Obama, but he couldn’t shake the awkwardness of being seated next to his old rival, Hillary Clinton.


Trump and Melania reached over to shake the hands of the Obamas, but there was only a nod exchanged between the Trumps and the Clintons.

Twitter users couldn’t help but call out the awkward interactions between the first families.

Several people couldn’t help but crack jokes after witnessing the awkwardness.

Although the seating arrangement was clouded with awkwardness, former President George W. Bush managed to pop the awkward political bubble by slipping Michelle Obama a piece of candy, just as they had at the funeral for John McCain.

As IJR Blue reported, Michelle Obama canceled part of her European book tour to be in attendance at the funeral.

Although the front row of Clintons and Trumps seemed to be tense, further back in the church, Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton seemed pleased to be seated next to each other.

The seating arrangement may have been awkward, but having everyone seated next to each other was probably a sight that former President George H.W. Bush would have liked to see. He had a very close relationship with Carter and Clinton and made a point to ensure that President Trump attended his funeral.

All in all, the fact that the most dramatic moment from the funeral was simply a touch of awkwardness says a lot about the Bush family and the legacy left behind by a great man.

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Madison Summers

It was an awkward interaction to watch. It would have been nice to see the Clinton’s and Trump’s get along for one minute to be polite at the funeral by greeting each other. It was nice to see George W. Bush greet each one and slipping Michelle Obama candy was pretty funny. Here’s what IJR Blue wrote on Bush and Michelle Obama:





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