Former first lady Michelle Obama announced Sunday she would skip two upcoming European stops on her book tour to attend the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush.
“It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin. I’ve been deeply touched by the enthusiasm for my memoir, and I’m working to reschedule my trip for next year.”
She added: “I hope readers and ticket holders will understand my decision regarding my desire to attend President Bush’s funeral, and join me in paying tribute to him and his tremendous contributions to our world.”
Obama is promoting her newly released memoir, “Becoming.“
President Donald Trump has declared Wednesday as a National Day of Mourning for Bush, who died Friday at 94. Trump and congressional lawmakers are also considering postponing a government shutdown fight out of respect for Bush’s passing and to accommodate the slate of remembrances scheduled for the former president this week in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court postponed a case, Gamble v. United States, it was to have heard Wednesday until Thursday.
A government-issue Boeing 747 jet touched down in Houston on Sunday to ferry Bush’s casket to the nation’s capital Monday morning. He will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda later Monday afternoon, followed by a funeral Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.
Bush will be buried Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.