Former first lady Michelle Obama has been heavily invested in her book tour for her memoir Becoming, which is officially the best-selling book of 2018. And while we’ve heard great stories on the tour about Michelle trying to escape the White House and seen a surprise appearance by former president Barack Obama, Michelle has decided to cancel her tour in order to attend the funeral of George H.W. Bush.
Michelle first shared a lovely throwback photo on her Instagram of her kissing George in the Oval Office with the caption, “As a public servant, father, and grandfather, President George H.W. Bush was an extraordinary example for us all. His spirit of service and decency will be missed by many, including our family,” she wrote. “I hope his memory will be a guiding light for our country and those around the world.”
The 54-year-old then took it to Twitter to inform her fans that her book tour appearances in Paris and Berlin will be canceled in order for her to attend George’s funeral this coming week.
“It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life,” Michelle 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.”
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.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 2, 2018
“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,” Michelle added.
A state funeral for the 41st president will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 5. In addition, that same day will also be declared a national day of mourning in dedication to George. Another memorial service will be held in Houston the following day.
George will then be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University alongside the late Barbara Bush and their young daughter Robin.