sabra (1000+ posts) Fri Aug-28-09 11:23 AM
Elder Bush Sitting Out Kennedy Funeral
Advertisements [?]Source: CBS New/AP
Spokesman for 85-Year-Old Former President Says Younger Bush Will Represent Family
(CBS/ AP) The elder President George Bush will not be attending Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral.
A spokesman for Mr. Bush said Friday that he and his wife, Barbara, decided not to attend Kennedy's funeral after learning their son, former President George W. Bush, would attend.
Jim McGrath says the 85-year-old Mr. Bush feels his son's presence would "amply and well represent" the family Saturday.
The senior Bush's staff is unsure of how the word got out that he'd be at the funeral because, in the words of a source, "that was never the case." Asked if the senior Bush's health is OK, the source said, "rest assured all is well," reports CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer. Following their long tradition, George and Barbara Bush are spending the summer at Kennebunkport, Maine.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/28/politics/main