It’s an unlikely duo, but former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush, according to People, are extremely fond of each other.
Photos like this one help back that assertion up.
Said Bush of their friendship:
“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like.”
The friendship developed because of how often they get seated next to each other at events. When arranging former Presidents and First Ladies, event planners usually go with the President on the left and First Lady on the right then go in order of presidency.
As 43rd President to her husband’s 44th, that means Michelle Obama and George W. Bush rub elbows often. Like at Nancy Reagan’s memorial service or the September 2016 dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
So when they were seated next to each other again at Sen. John McCain’s funeral, we got to see a little of the Bush/Obama friendship in action.
WATCH: Bipartisanship: Laura Bush, via President Bush, hands a piece of candy to Michelle Obama during the memorial service for John McCain. pic.twitter.com/PhKPYCOiUz
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 1, 2018
Bush takes a small candy from his wife Laura and hands it to Michelle Obama, who then discreetly whispers, “Thank you.”
— Derrick Rose (@DRoseTV) September 1, 2018
What did President Bush just hand First Lady Obama?
Mints by chance…
— sedonia (@onesedonia) September 1, 2018
George W. Bush sneaking a piece of candy to Michelle Obama is warming my heart . pic.twitter.com/pAtDdIcSeB
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 1, 2018
President Obama clearly notices what’s going on and smirks a little at the whole thing.
— Benjamin J. Kirby (@bkirby816) September 1, 2018
Obama with an “am I going to have to separate you two?” look. https://t.co/teJmhqwMXb
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) September 1, 2018
The whole exchange is honestly just ADORABLE.
I disagreed with Bush. But he’s a likable person.
— patrick ❄️ (@pato3344) September 1, 2018
Credit – Laura passed it on. Trust the librarian.
— Marite Rodriguez (@MariteRodz) September 1, 2018
“George, ask if they want some candy…” https://t.co/dqpzPBPmr8
— Jarred Hill (@JarredWXII) September 1, 2018
who among us has not participated in the church pew peppermint pass? https://t.co/uB2CO03kn1
— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) September 1, 2018
It ain’t real unless it was a Werther’s Original https://t.co/x9nAsPxaKB
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 1, 2018
— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) September 1, 2018
In a time where bipartisanship cooperation in Washington seems a thing of the past, it is slightly refreshing to see such a small display of across-the-aisle affection.
The unlikely, close friendship between Michelle Obama and George W. Bush is one of my favorite political joys that makes me smile. I’ve seen it before, and we see it at today’s service.
— Vanessa Rumbles (@VanessaRumbles) September 1, 2018
Sharing is caring https://t.co/eRxbV6zIee
— Joely Fisher (@MsJoelyFisher) September 1, 2018
Bush had a problematic presidency, plagued by criticism over his handling of national crises such as the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, as well as wars he ignored the U.N. in order to begin using now disproven stories of Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction.”
But contemporary President Trump led Republican party stances on human rights, women and LGBTQ equality and fiscal irresponsibility as well as mounting scandals citing corruption and Russian interference, puts Bush’s presidency and the man himself in a new light for some former critics.
It seems unlikely Donald Trump would share Melania’s mints with Michelle Obama.