Barack Obama makes Trump's wife smile at funeral, breaking the internet

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Melania and, obviously, Michelle Obama right next to each other and then Hillary - you know, George W. Bush's arm around Hillary.

Former first lady Barbara Bush has been laid to rest at her husband's presidential library in Texas.

"I think we should study this next photograph for all that it says because it speaks a thousand words", she explained.

Former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, current first lady Melania Trump, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama were all on hand for the service. Barbara Bush earned her encomia for her work on literacy and her compassion, in an era that offered very little, towards gay Americans dying in the AIDS epidemic.

"After over a year in office, Melania has not smiled once in the presence of Donald Trump", tweeted another user Ed Krassenstein.

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Ironically, the attractive gold-lined china set, commissioned as part of a 200th anniversary celebration of the White House, was approved by President Trump's 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton back in 2000.

But it wasn't the fact that she attended solo that got the internet talking, with the president nowhere to be seen. She won a reputation as both warm and blunt, able to put a person at ease but also able to cut through any hint of artifice or flattery with a sharp (and often witty) rebuke.

Before they left Barbara Bush's funeral on Saturday, all of the attending former presidents and their spouses took a rare group photo together - and it quickly went viral.

"She was trying to show something genuine about Barbara Bush - and in that moment President Trump was tweeting and turning everything into something about himself", Haberman said.

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