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Former President George W. Bush greets former First Lady Michelle Obama at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.
Former
President George W. Bush greets former First Lady Michelle Obama
at the Washington National Cathedral on
Wednesday.

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  • Former President George W. Bush appeared to pass former First
    Lady Michelle Obama a mint as they greeted each other — a nod to
    a similar gesture between the two that went viral earlier this
    year — at former President George H.W. Bush’s Wednesday funeral.
  • The two have a surprisingly warm friendship, especially for a
    pair who hold different worldviews in a time of deep partisan and
    cultural divisions. 
  • Obama has called Bush “a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man”
    and her “partner-in-crime,” and Bush has said that Obama
    appreciates his sense of humor. 

Former President George W. Bush appeared to pass former First
Lady Michelle Obama a mint as they greeted each other — a nod to
a similar gesture between the two that went viral earlier this
year — at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral at the
Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.

The two have a surprisingly warm friendship, especially for a
pair who hold different worldviews in a time of deep partisan and
cultural divisions, and Obama has called the former president a
“beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man” and her
“partner-in-crime”
at official events, where the two often
sit next to each other. 

The gesture on Wednesday appeared to mimic the moment when Bush
was caught on camera passing
Obama a cough drop
 during Sen. John
McCain’s funeral service at the Cathedral in September.

A clip of Obama mouthing “thank you” as Bush passed her the cough
drop while Sen. Joe Lieberman delivered his eulogy went viral
online — and became a symbol of bipartisanship and human decency
at a time of deep political and cultural division.

Obama later said the gesture may have struck a chord because
people are “hungry” for leaders who can rise above the political
fray.

“Party doesn’t separate us. Color, gender — those kinds of things
don’t separate us. It’s the messages that we send,” Obama told
NBC News. “If we’re the adults and the leaders in the room and
we’re not showing that level of decency, we cannot expect our
children to do the same.”

The two have a friendship stretching back to former President
Barack Obama’s first inauguration.

“She kind of likes my sense of humor,” Bush
told People magazine
last year. “Anybody who likes my sense
of humor, I immediately like.”

 

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