Jan. 6 (UPI) — Former President George W. Bush will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this month, however fellow ex-president Jimmy Carter won’t, their representatives mentioned.
Bush and former first woman Laura Bush can be current when Biden is sworn into workplace in Washington on Jan. 20, spokesman Freddy Ford mentioned in a tweet Tuesday.
“President and Mrs. Bush sit up for returning to the Capitol for the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” he wrote.
“I consider this would be the eighth Inauguration they’ve had the privilege of attending — President [Donald] Trump’s being the newest — and witnessing the peaceable switch of energy is a trademark of our democracy that by no means will get previous,” Ford added.
Bush was among the many first high-ranking Republicans to congratulate Biden on his victory over Trump — who has not but conceded defeat and continues to make unfounded allegations of voter fraud.
“Although we have now political variations, I do know Joe Biden to be a superb man, who has gained his alternative to guide and unify our nation,” Bush mentioned in a Nov. eight assertion. “The president-elect reiterated that whereas he ran as a Democrat, he’ll govern for all People.”
Carter and former first woman Rosalynn Carter, nonetheless, won’t to journey to Washington to attend the inauguration, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Carter Middle mentioned.
The Carters, each of their 90s, “have despatched their greatest needs to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and sit up for a profitable administration,” Deanna Congileo mentioned in an announcement issued Tuesday to The Atlanta Journal-Structure.
For the reason that begin of his presidency in 1977, Carter, 96, has attended each inauguration by Trump’s 4 years in the past.