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May 06, 2004

(Not) There in Good Times and Bad

Laura and George Bush Junior will not attend their daughters' graduations. Don't want to be a distraction? Please. I understand Dick Cheney not showing up to his daughter's wedding but, c'mon these are IMPORTANT dates in any family.

Spare me the piety and the matyrdom and go.

Jeb Bush and family did not turn up for his daughter Noelle Bush's drug conviction arraignment.

George HW Bush and Barbara Bush did not attend their oldest son's high school graduation. Oh, wait. nevermind.

Salon.com - May 6, 2004  |  New Haven -- President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will skip their twin daughters' college graduations later this month to avoid creating a distraction at the respective schools, the White House said Thursday.

"There are no plans at this time to attend these ceremonies,'' said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for Laura Bush. "The Bushes felt the focus should be on the students, and not how long the lines are to go through the metal detectors.''

Jenna Bush is slated to graduate May 22 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in English. Barbara Bush graduates May 24 with a bachelor's in humanities from Yale University.

Mrs. Bush told CNN in February that her 22-year-old daughters may help with their father's re-election campaign. "They are terrific girls. They are getting ready to graduate from college, and we'll see when they graduate,'' Mrs. Bush said. "You know, this will be really their first campaign that their dad has run that they are really old enough to be involved.''
Johndroe said Thursday that it would be up to the daughters to decide whether to campaign.

The sisters were freshmen when their father was seeking the presidency in 2000. They have stayed out of the media spotlight, except for an underage drinking incident at an Austin bar when they were 19.