Failed Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wasn’t invited to his niece Barbara Bush’s recent wedding, and though his extended family members have claimed the reason wasn’t personal, the evidence suggests otherwise.
Speaking this week at the annual U.S. National Archives Foundation gala, Barbara’s mother, former first lady Laura Bush, said that only the immediate family members of her daughter and son-in-law, actor Craig Louis Coyne, were invited.
“Well, I think Barbara just kept it a secret, plus so few people were invited,” she said. “It was just our family and Craig’s family. And we didn’t invite Jeb, or Neil, or any of those Bushes.”
That’s not true, though, according to the New York Post, which noted that “President George W. Bush’s sister, Dorothy Bush Koch, did make the cut – as she served as the couple’s officiant.”
Why would one of former President George W. Bush’s siblings be invited but not the other? Hmmmm.
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The wedding was reportedly an impromptu affair pieced together at the last minute on behalf of the family’s patriarch, former President George H.W. Bush, 94, whose wife had suddenly died of pulmonary disease months earlier at the age of 92.
“We weren’t expecting that. Craig didn’t get to meet my grandmother. I thought there would be plenty of time for that to happen,” Barbara, 36, said in an interview this week with People magazine.
She had thought wrong, and to ensure that the same thing didn’t happen with her grandfather, she and her husband opted for an early wedding.
“We just thought, let’s try to do it soon,” she said. “We knew we wanted to be married — we’d already made that decision — so we didn’t need months of an engagement.”
And so less than two months after Craig’s proposal on Aug. 25, the two were wed at what the Post described as a “small-circle and short-notice” wedding Sunday in Maine.
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What remains unclear is why the wedding had been designed to be so secretive. According to Barbara’s twin sister, Jenna Hager Bush, that’s just the way her sibling’s always been.
“Nobody knew [about the wedding], but my sister is very private. She holds her personal life to be sacred. She’s the elusive twin,” she said on “The Today Show” this Monday.
What’s also odd is that Jeb’s Twitter page contained no message of congratulations to his niece, though it did contain a message of congratulations for just-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Congratulations to Justice Kavanaugh! His record as a jurist is outstanding and I know he will continue to serve our nation well.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 6, 2018
According to social media users, the real reason “low-energy Jeb” wasn’t invited was because nobody likes him and his low, boring energy:
— BruinsFan 🇺🇸 (@bruinsfan05) October 11, 2018
Jeb Bush wasn’t invited to Barbara’s surprise wedding…. they had no time for all of that low energy up in that piece!!! https://t.co/OUzx1x5aBD
— Captain USA (@BustinStones) October 11, 2018
— Janet Haneberg (@janethaneberg) October 11, 2018
Poor Jeb – lost again. https://t.co/y5ttt3q7Mt
— CharlervoixRider (@CharlevoixRider) October 11, 2018
I wouldn’t invite him to my wedding either.
— Meurig Davies (@crustycobs) October 11, 2018
— ❌Dammit Dawn!❌ (@jerseygirl2you) October 11, 2018
Is this true, though? It certainly could be.