Melania Trump joins former presidents, first ladies for rare photo after Barbara Bush's funeral

The funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush brought together her friends and loved ones, but it also gathered numerous generations of U.S. presidents and their wives.

The feat produced a remarkable photo featuring Bush's husband, George H.W. Bush, along with their son, George W. Bush. They were joined by two additional former presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Photo of former U.S. Presidents and first ladies posing with Melania Trump at Barbara Bush's funeral

Current President Donald Trump, who did not attend Saturday's funeral service in Houston, was instead represented by his wife, Melania Trump. She was joined by former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

The photograph was taken by Paul Morse, who served as a White House photographer during President George H.W. Bush's administration. It was originally sent out as a tweet by Bush's current spokesman, Jim McGrath.

Trump announced in a statement last week that he would not attend Barbara Bush's funeral "to avoid disruptions due to added security" of his presence. On the morning of the service, he tweeted he planned to watch the event from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush attends the funeral service for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, with his son the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Richard Carson
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: The casket of former first lady Barbara Bush is moved after a funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Pallbearers move casket of former first lady Barbara Bush after a funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., gives a sermon during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Jenna Bush Hager speaks during the funeral for her grandmother and former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Jenna Bush Hager speaks during a funeral service for her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, during a funeral service for her grandmother and former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Susan Baker speaks during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Jon Meacham speaks during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush places his hand on the casket of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush during a funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. gives a sermon during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees gather at St. Martin's Episcopal Church during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: The casket is brought into St. Martin's Episcopal Church during the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: First Lady Melania Trump arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21:Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama greet first lady Melania Trump at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Accompanied by his wife, Hillary Clinton,left, former President Bill Clinton arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former President George H.W. Bush, assisted by his son, former President George W. Bush, enter the church during the funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Buson April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Dorothy 'Doro' Bush Koch, right, comforts former President George H. W. Bush during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush comforts his father, former President George H.W. Bush during a funeral service for his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and his wife Rev. Kathleene Card arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and his wife Rev. Kathleene Card arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, left, talks to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as they arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Detailed view of a program during the funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. Jack Gruber/Pool via Reuters
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners attend during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords arrives for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Astronaut Mark Kelly arrive at the funeral service of former first lady Barbara Bush, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Richard Carson
Singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys arrives at the funeral service of former first lady Barbara Bush, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Richard Carson
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners arrive for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners begin arriving for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners begin arriving for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush attends the funeral service for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, with his son the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Richard Carson
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Trump's decision against attending Barbara Bush's funeral is not unusual for a sitting president. Neither Obama nor George W. Bush attended the funerals for first ladies while they served in office. Clinton, however, did attend a service for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1994.

The only other living former president who did not attend the service was Jimmy Carter. A spokesman for the 93-year-old former president said Carter was on a trip abroad, while his wife, Rosalynn, was recovering from recent surgery.

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