Early reports suggested that Senator Edward M. Kennedy's funeral would bring together a rare gathering of all four living former presidents.
But George H.W. Bush will not be attending the service in Boston Saturday morning after all, the Associated Press is reporting.
The AP quotes a spokesman saying today that he and his wife, Barbara, decided not to attend after learning their son, former President George W. Bush, would attend. Spokesman Jim McGrath said the 85-year-old Bush senior feels his son's presence would "amply and well represent" the family Saturday. President Obama is set to deliver the eulogy.
The 41st president did release a condolence statement after Kennedy's death, along with a host of other political leaders.
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