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Michelle Obama cancels book tour events to attend Bush funeral

Former first lady Michelle Obama announced that she will cancel two stops on her book tour to attend the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

In a tweet Sunday, Obama wrote that she would reschedule her appearances in Paris and Berlin next year.

 

 

“It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life,” she tweeted. “This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin. I’ve been deeply touched by the enthusiasm for my memoir, and I’m working to reschedule my trip for next year.”

“I hope readers and ticket holders will understand my decision regarding my desire to attend President Bush’s funeral, and join me in paying tribute to him and his tremendous contributions to our world.”

 

 

Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol and be buried at his family plot in Texas.

Former President Obama and the former first lady issued a joint statement paying tribute to Bush on Friday.

The Obamas called the former president “a patriot and humble servant” with “a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try.”

“George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling,” the Obamas wrote. “And he did tremendous good along the journey.”

Michelle Obama is in the midst of a multi-city tour for her new memoir, “Becoming,” which has quickly become one of the fastest-selling books of the year.

 

 

This article originally appeared on The Hill

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