When Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as Speaker of the House on Thursday, she becomes not just the third most powerful US politician but also the leader of the Trump opposition. Both loved and loathed, her comeback story is an extraordinary tale of political survival.
President Trump on Tuesday met with his predecessors for the first time since taking office at the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered the Washington National Cathedral, walking down the center aisle and to their seats in the front row next to former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. Both Trumps shook hands with each of the Obamas.
The handshake was believed to be the first interaction between President Trump and former President Obama since Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017.
The Trumps did not extend their hands to former President Bill Clinton and former first lady. The Trumps also did not greet former President Jimmy Carter of former first lady Rosalyn Carter, who were sitting further down the aisle.
Hillary Clinton says the letter made her cry, when she first read it back then and again when she heard Bush was gone. “That’s the America we love,” she said on Instagram. “That is what we cherish and expect.”
|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|George Bush was an American patrician who brought great talents to the presidency and wrought great achievements, but never quite grasped the pitiless frivolity of US politics. At his zenith, he shone in the international firmament, as the embodiment of US hegemony; at home his grasp was never so sure, and his single term in the White House ended in frustration, controversy and bitter defeat.
Bush was elected to office in 1988 after eight years as vice president to his fellow Republican, Ronald Reagan. Where Reagan’s great achievement, in foreign affairs, was to perceive the weakness of the Soviet Union, to stand up to the Soviet leadership and eventually to reach agreements with the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bush inherited a world in which Communist regimes were already collapsing, in which the United States found itself, somewhat to its own surprise, as the only superpower.
Joe Watkins, former aide to Bush senior, told Al Jazeera that the former president will be “remembered very fondly, very warmly around the world” because of his foreign policy achievements.
Under his watch, the Berlin Wall came down, the Warsaw Pact disintegrated and the Soviet satellites fell out of orbit.