George H.W. Bush Pens Letter to Trump on Missing Inauguration

Former President George H.W. Bush / AP
January 18, 2017

Former President George H.W. Bush explained to Donald Trump that he would not be able to attend the presidential inauguration on Friday for health reasons.

The elder Bush wrote President-elect Trump a letter dated Jan. 10 explaining that the winter weather was keeping him at home in Texas, according to a photograph posted by Axios.

"My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under," Bush, 92, wrote. "Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas."

"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for your inauguration," the 41st president said, referencing his wife Barbara Bush. "But we will be with you and the country in spirit.

Bush went on to wish Trump well, saying, "I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country."

"If I can ever be of help, please let me know," he added.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush will all be in attendance at the inauguration, according to a Politico.

The 41st president has been hospitalized due to shortness of breath since Saturday.