Nancy Gibbs: Obamas, Clintons Understood ‘They Are Not the Center of Attention’ at Bush Funeral Unlike Trump

‘In the setting yesterday, I think a lot of people were struck by not participating in the service as the others did’

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GIBBS: “It’s true. I mean, when you looked at those presidents all in a row together, all of them are used to being the center of attention. 99.9 percent of the time, anywhere that the Obamas go, that the Clintons go, they are the center of attention. Michelle Obama is filling stadiums all around the country right now. So each of them knows what it is to be, you know, a magnet for all eyes. And, yet, they also understood that in that moment, they are not the center of attention. And that seemed a more uncomfortable and unusual position for the current President. And of course, the current president is always, you know, that much more of a magnet. But this one in particular, the discomfort was so transparent in the body language. In one sentence, one of the extraordinary things of his transparency of whether what he’s thinking that we can constantly see in what he’s tweeting or what he’s feeling which you can see in the slouch or the arms or the grimace, there is no attempt at feigning interest or congeniality. Maybe that’s something people respond to. But in the setting yesterday, I think a lot of people were struck by not participating in the service as the others did. It was a remarkable contrast.”

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