Former President George W. Bush will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, but former President Jimmy Carter won’t make it, their offices said Tuesday.
Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said that the 43rd president and former First Lady Laura Bush will attend the pared-back ceremony in Washington.
“President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Ford said.
“I believe this will be the eighth Inauguration they’ve had the privilege of attending — President Trump’s being the most recent — and witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old.”
Bush, 74, is the only living Republican ex-president following his father George H.W. Bush’s death in 2018.
Although controversial when he left office due to the 2008 economic collapse and his management of the Iraq War and other post-9/11 policies, Bush’s popularity has rebounded, according to polls. He rarely