Both George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush, have announced they will not be attending Obama's inauguration due to concerns about the 41st president's health. George H.W. Bush was recently hospitalized for bronchitis. NBC's Brian Williams reports.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush will not attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, a source familiar with inaugural planning confirms.
A spokesman for George H.W. Bush tweeted that the former president and his wife would not attend, the first time he has missed an inaugural since 1997.
Bush, 88, was released Monday from a Houston hospital after seven weeks of treatment for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough.
His son will not attend either. "President and Mrs. Bush wish President Obama and his family all the best for a wonderful inaugural weekend," said spokesman Freddy Ford.
The source confirmed that former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will attend.