Cameras captured the awkward moment that former first lady Michelle Obama, seemingly reluctantly, shook Donald Trump’s hand and then quickly looked away — while in attendance of former president George H.W. Bush’s funeral, People is reporting. Mrs. Obama had previously vowed to “never forgive” Trump for his “birtherism” — that is, promoting the idea that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
As far as is known, Wednesday’s funeral for the 41st president, which was attended by five living current and former presidents and their first ladies, is the first time anyone from the Obama family and the Trump family have been in the same room since Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
That the Trumps and Obamas wouldn’t likely be willing to spend a lot of time in each others’ company would seem to make sense. In her book, Becoming, Mrs. Obama says that she will “never forgive” Donald Trump for his birtherism.