In the aftermath of the passing of Barbara Bush, the former First Lady and mother to another U.S. president, many notable figures emerged to issue statements celebrating her life and achievements.
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 17, 2018
Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/MhTVYCL9Nj
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 18, 2018
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While the Obamas and the Clintons managed to do so without controversy, the same, predictably, could not be said of the statement from President Donald Trump.
In a statement that, among other accomplishments, touts Mrs. Bush’s advocacy for literacy, the president not only needlessly capitalized a random word – “Nation” – in the middle of his tweet, but also mistakenly records the date as April 17, 2017 in the official press release. While these errors aren’t dire, if you are the President of the United States and can’t manage to issue a statement of only a few sentences – inclusive of which is a celebration of literacy – without errors, that does not reflect well at all.
It seems that irony, too, died a tragic death today.