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Donald Trump Is the Only Recent President Who Didn't Escort His Wife Into the White House
He treated one important moment very differently from his three immediate predecessors.
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When Donald and Melania Trump arrived at the White House for the traditional Inauguration Day greeting, Trump stepped out of his Secret Service SUV and made his way up the stairs; Melania followed, carrying a gift in a box from Tiffany & Co. that has been the source of much speculation.

But it wasn't the box that caught my eye—it was the way he left his wife behind him as he made his way up the steps. The Independent pointed out how our new president's actions differed from his predecessors' on the same day in 2009, and I delved further into the presidential inauguration archives to see how George W. Bush and Bill Clinton approached the moment before their inaugurations (video of earlier presidents' White House Inauguration Day arrivals' was not readily available online).

Forget politics for a second and consider this from an etiquette perspective: These videos show that the three presidents before Donald Trump waited for their partners to walk up the stairs to the White House moments before they inherited the highest office in the land. Trump marched ahead, alone, his wife left to follow behind him.

Take a look:

Donald Trump's Inauguration Day


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A Twitter user pointed out that Trump walked ahead of Melania—and President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama—into the White House:

Barack Obama's Inauguration Day


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George W. Bush's Inauguration Day


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Bill Clinton's Inauguration Day


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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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