The past year’s Presidential election certainly was among the most grueling and personal in recent memory — if not ever. Since Donald Trump shocked the world to become the President-elect, he has not appeared at the same place as the runner-up, former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
It now appears that the former Democratic Nominee will be in attendance at the inauguration on January 20, where the Republican will officially be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Also in attendance will be Hillary Clinton’s husband, 42nd President Bill Clinton, as well as 43rd President George W. Bush and 39th President Jimmy Carter.
The only living President who will not be in attendance is 41st President George H.W. Bush. The elder Bush is currently 92 years old and has had his fair share of health problems over the last year and beyond. This is certainly not the first time the losing candidate has been forced to look on during the inauguration of their former opponent. In recent times, Arizona Senator John McCain sat ringside during the 2008 inauguration of President Obama, while Al Gore was in attendance when George W. Bush took office in 2000.
To make matters more interesting in 2000, Gore actually had to observe and tally the electoral votes in 2000, as his role of Vice President includes that duty. In another hotly contested in 2000 like there was this year, that task certainly would have been difficult to withstand.
What do you think of Clinton’s plan to be in attendance? Should it be a tradition for the loser of the election to be in attendance at the inauguration? Let HYPELINE know what you think in the comments!