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WASHINGTON, January 19 (RIA Novosti) – Former President George W. Bush will skip Barack Obama’s inauguration on Monday citing health problems of his father, another ex-US President George H.W. Bush, ABC News reported.
George H.W. Bush, 88, has been fighting with health problems and was just recently released from a hospital after spending weeks recovering from bronchitis.
“President and Mrs. Bush wish President Obama and his family all the best for a wonderful inaugural weekend,” ABC News quoted a spokesman from the younger President Bush’s office as saying.
All former US presidents traditionally attend presidential inaugurations. This year as Bush presidents, who are both Republicans, are not attending, Obama’s inauguration will be purely Democratic with Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter sharing the solemn event with him.
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- Wolfgang9What??19:48, 19/01/2013I guess Obama is very disappointed!! But maybe father and son Bush sense that they wouldn't be very welcome anyway? I certainly wouldn't like to have them at one of my parties, except maybe for target practice??
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