U.S. Politics

Ex-presidents won’t commit to Trump inauguration — Jimmy Carter only former leader to RSVP

To say that this is unprecedented does not begin to give it the seriousness it deserves in terms of Inauguration standards. (ks)

Former President Jimmy Carter on 'The Colbert Report' on March 25, 2014. [Comedy Central]

Former President Jimmy Carter on ‘The Colbert Report’ on March 25, 2014. [Comedy Central]

RAW STORY

President-elect Donald Trump is having a hard time recruiting A-list stars to perform at his inauguration, but now he’s having problems getting former American leaders there as well.

According to a report from Politico, former President Jimmy Carter is the only one who has RSVP’d to Trump’s big day. Spokespeople for Bill Clinton and George W. Bush say that they are still undecided and will decide after the first of the year if they’ll attend or not.

(READ MORE: Trump adviser tries to spin way out of stars shunning inauguration: ‘We’re not putting on Woodstock’)

Bush had tweeted his congratulations after Trump won in November but the Bush family not only stood in opposition to Trump in the primaries, George H.W. Bush said that he was voting for Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton. Trump was notorious for bullying Jeb Bush throughout the election.

The elder Bush confirmed that he will not be at the election, citing his age as the reason.

Carter confirmed he’d be attending while teaching his Sunday school class at church earlier this week.

In the past, presidents have decided not to go. While both Bush’s attended Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration they sat out the 2013 inauguration, citing George H.W. Bush’s compromised health. In 2005, President Gerald Ford didn’t attend the Bush inauguration due to his health. He died the following year.

The Trump transition team has said that they are willing to do anything to get more stars to attend the inauguration.

One thought on “Ex-presidents won’t commit to Trump inauguration — Jimmy Carter only former leader to RSVP

  1. Good ol’ Uncle Jimmy! One of the most intelligent and compassionate President we have ever had.
    UNFORTUNATELY, he just wasn’t a very good leader but I’m sure he feels it is his obligated and respectful duty to attend the inauguration. Old Southern Gentlemen are like that. They are taught ‘manners’ and respect at Mother’s knee before they learn their ABCs. Some of them even remember that after they get in politics.

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