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Michelle Obama and George W. Bush’s enduring friendship in photos



  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush are old friends who don’t let their party and political differences get in the way.
  • Bush said he likes Obama because she gets his humor, while Obama called Bush her “partner-in-crime.”
  • The friendship, which began when former President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, has had its fair share of viral moments, including several sly cough drop handovers and a sweet embrace.
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It’s an iconic friendship.

Since 2009, former Republican president George W. Bush and former first lady Michelle Obama have hit it off, sharing some truly memorable moments.

In 2016, they had a sweet embrace that was impossible to fake. In 2018, Bush handed Obama cough drops on two different occasions — the first at the memorial service for late Sen. John McCain, and the second at the funeral for George H. Bush, Bush’s father.

Obama told the “Today” show, “I love him to death. He’s a wonderful man, he’s a funny man.” While Bush told People they just “took to each other.”

It’s also a friendship that’s been a little out of their hands. Obama and Bush are often seatmates at official functions, so they can spend a lot of time next to each other.

Here’s their friendship, in photos.

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