Things Got Uncomfortably Awkward When Trump Showed Up To George H.W. Bush’s Funeral

Wednesday morning, all the living former presidents and first ladies gathered at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, for the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush.

Donald Trump was invited, despite the many attacks he had previously launched on George H.W. Bush and other members of his family. Aaron Blake, political reporterĀ at The Washington Post summarized why in no uncertain terms:

Understandably, this led to some awkward moments.

1. Such as, the entire front row transitioning suddenly from pleasant chatter to dead silence.

At Wednesday’s funeral, Donald and Melania Trump were seated in the first pew of cathedral next toĀ Melania Trump, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.

People immediately noticed that the minute the Trumps approached, all conversation and laughter between the Obamas, Clintons, and Carters suddenly ceased, prompting Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to comment, “I was struck when President Trump and Melania Trump came to the front row that it was as if a chill had descended on that front row.”

“You had seen a lot of chatty talk…But when Donald Trump sat down, the greeting that he was given by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama was about as cool as it could have been,” added Wallace.

2. The Clintons’ refusal to greet the Trumps.

Though the Obama’s stiffly greeted Trump when he took his seat in the pew, the Clintonsā€”sitting on the other side of the Obamasā€”stared straight ahead, refusing to look in his direction.

Donald Trump has not spoken to Barack and Michelle Obama nor to Bill and Hillary Clinton since his 2017 inauguration. He has since lobbed countless unfounded accusations at both families, who have returned the favor in kind.

In SeptemberĀ Obama noted the “crazy stuff’ coming out of the White House, while last year George W. Bush said that “bigotry seems emboldened” under Trump, and that the nationĀ “seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

Similarly, Carter toldĀ The Washington PostĀ over the summer that Trumpā€™s presidency was a “disaster” while the late Bush himselfĀ called Trump a “blowhard” and said he had voted for Hillary Clinton.

3. Though some alleged that Michelle Obama‘s side-eye belied her true feelings towards the president.

4. Trump refusing to read the Apostle’s Creed printed in the program:

Many were baffled by Donald and Melania not reciting the Apostle’s Creed or singing hymns like the other leaders around them. The president’s choice to abstain from the service is strange, given that he earned 80 percent of the evangelical vote in the 2016 election and boasts public support from popular Christian leaders such as James Dobson, Richard Land, Jerry Falwell Jr., and many others.

On the other hand, George W. Bush greetedĀ all of the presidents and first ladies when he arrived to his father’s funeral.

He alsoĀ passed a piece of candy to Michelle Obama, mirroring the time he snuck her a cough drop at John McCain’s funeral in September.

Some on Twitter noted Trump’s dissatisfied expression throughout the service.

…While others were trying to remind us that his “toned down” behavior is just…normal behavior.

While we’re over here desperately trying to find video footage documenting the vibe in the back row.