Although they certainly had hoped to attend the 2017 presidential inauguration under very different circumstances, former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will make an appearance at the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on January 20. There, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Bill and Hillary will be joined by former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush. “They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power – a hallmark of American democracy – and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President Pence,” the Bush family said in a statement.
Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush will not attend the ceremony due to age-related health issues.
Hillary Clinton could not make up her mind for several weeks whether she should attend the inauguration, sources close to the matter told New York Magazine. She eventually decided to do so “out of a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.”
In addition to the inauguration ceremony, the Trump team has also announced plans for a welcome rally, a parade, two separate inaugural balls, and another gathering held in honor of armed service members and first responders.