Former President George W. Bush has pretty much kept his mouth shut since he left the Oval Office in 2008. But that changed the day Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Bush attended the inaugural ceremony on Capitol Hill on January 20, 2017, along with former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Trump’s presidential rival Hillary Clinton was there, too. They all showed up and sat on the dais for the same reason: to honor the peaceful transfer of power.
But as New York Magazine‘s Yashar Ali writes in “Daily Intelligencer,” according to “three people who were present,” Bush summed up Trump’s inauguration, saying, That was some weird sh*t.
He wasn’t wrong.
If there is one word to describe Trump’s inauguration event it would be “surreal.”
The day was sunny and the crowd was huge. Nah, just kidding.
Despite Trump’s claims that sun was out and the media was deliberately lying about the size of his inauguration crowd (which he said was “the largest ever”), the crowd was sparse and it was raining. In fact, the lousy weather even made the Internet lose it over Bush’s struggle with his rain poncho that quickly became a meme.
What was even more strange was Trump’s speech, which was considered to be quite angry by normal standards with his referencing “American carnage” and “enriching foreign industry at the expense of American industry.”
Bush has been careful not to criticize the presidents who followed him. In a Today interview earlier this month, when he asked what advice he would give Trump, he said all he would tell him is that it’s a hard job and wish him the best.
Ain’t that the truth. Being President of the United States is a damn hard job. But Trump’s weird and sh*tty first 60 days on the job are evidence of what is to come the next four years, we are screwed.
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