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.
President Trump is now sitting next to former President Obama, Clinton and Carter.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 5, 2018
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.
President Trump has not talked to Barack and Michelle Obama or Bill and Hillary Clinton since his 2017 inauguration.
The Obamas greeted Trump when he just took his seat in the National Cathedral. The Clintons – who were sitting on the other side of the Obamas – did not.
— Dan Merica (@merica) December 5, 2018
What an image. An awkward moment for sure, as Hillary Clinton nodded toward Melania Trump. Some cold stares, but also remarkable that an event can bring this group of people together, at least physically. pic.twitter.com/PY1vOb55pZ
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) December 5, 2018
I can’t get over the drama packed into one row at the Bush funeral: Trump, Melania, Obama, Michelle, Clinton, & Hillary all within ten feet of each other.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 5, 2018
Several people couldn’t help but crack jokes after witnessing the awkwardness.
And you think your morning meetings can be a little uncomfortable… pic.twitter.com/vDpC4bR5L2
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) December 5, 2018
Hillary is treating Trump like the sun during an eclipse pic.twitter.com/Vl2cH5jC1Z
— Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) December 5, 2018
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.
Two favorite moments in the VIP seats at #GeorgeHWBushFuneral:
1. @HillaryClinton, pointedly, not noticing Individual 1 had joined her pew; and
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 5, 2018
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.
Actually so lovely that these two friends are sitting beside each other today. pic.twitter.com/JBuZWLm688
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) December 5, 2018
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.