Bushes will not attend inauguration ? CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs Neither former President George H.W. Bush nor his son former President George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Both attended Obama's first inauguration in 2009, when the younger Bush's second term ended. Former presidents often attend inaugurations and have prominent seats alongside legislators, Supreme Court justices and other dignitaries. Screw Obama and his second term ! 4 more years of Doom and Gloom !