Michelle Obama cancels book tours to Paris and Berlin to attend George HW Bush's funeral and 'celebrate his exemplary life'
The 41st US president died on November 30 at the age of 94 and his body is set to lie in state in Washington, DC from Monday before his funeral on Thursday
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has canceled two events in the European leg of her book tour so that she can attend late President George HW Bush's funeral in the coming days.
The 41st President of the United States died on November 30, Friday, at the age of 94 and his body is set to lie in state in Washington, DC from Monday before his funeral on Thursday.
Announcing the cancellation of the events, Michelle tweeted on Sunday: "It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life. This will, unfortunately, preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin.”
It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life. This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin. I’ve been deeply touched by the enthusiasm for my memoir, and I’m working to reschedule my trip for next year.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 2, 2018
The Obamas share a very close relationship with the Bush family and they also shared a touching tribute to the late president on Friday, saying that the nation has "lost a patriot and a humble servant." "After seventy-three years of marriage, George and Barbara Bush are together again now, two points of light that never dimmed,” the Obamas said in a statement.
“What a testament to the qualities that make this country great. Service to others. Commitment to leaving behind something better. Sacrifice in the name of lifting this country closer to its founding ideals.”
Michelle, particularly, shares a special friendship with George HW Bush's eldest son, former President George W Bush, and the pair have been often photographed together at official events. The former first lady even once referred to Bush junior as her "partner in crime."
“President Bush and I are forever seatmates because of protocol — that’s how we sit at all the official functions. So he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather," Michelle Obama said of her and Bush junior's relationship in October. "I love him to death. He’s a wonderful man," she added.
The former first lady released her highly anticipated memoir, 'Becoming', in November and the book has already become the best-selling book of 2018 in the United States, surpassing Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury'. Michelle, ever since the release of her book, has been on a multicity tour to promote her memoir.
I hope readers and ticket holders will understand my decision regarding my desire to attend President Bush’s funeral, and join me in paying tribute to him and his tremendous contributions to our world.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 2, 2018
However, shortly after the news of the former president's demise broke out, Michelle Obama took to Twitter on Sunday and said that she hoped her readers would understand her decision to temporarily put a halt to her tours to attend the funeral: "Join me in paying tribute to him and his tremendous contributions to our world," she wrote on Twitter, adding that she would work to reschedule the canceled tours for next year.