Bush Regularly Sits With Obamas, But No One Knew Truth About Relationship W/ Michelle Until Now
FaithTap Staff 3/6/2017
A few times now, Americans have spied the Republican Bushes sitting by the Democratic Obamas at different events and many have wondered how that pairing materialized. The couples grace different generations, different parties and even hail from vastly different backgrounds.
But surprisingly, the former president and former first lady share an unlikely relationship together...
George W. Bush, 70, confesses he has a real tenderness for the former first lady Michelle Obama, 53. He recently was interviewed by PEOPLE and said he'd grown fond of the graceful former first lady. They've been spotted sharing polite and professional yet genuine hugs and even holding hands swaying to the music at a memorial service.
"She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like."
It seemed to the two of them that they'd been regularly seated together at various official events, such as the September 2016 dedication ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. It was at these events where they began to get to know one another even better than they had during the transition of office from Bush to Obama.
Other events where they'd been seated beside each other were more touching and emotional, like Nancy Reagan's memorial service and the interfaith memorial service honoring Texas police officers. At the Smithsonian's ceremony, a snapshot of the two sharing a moment together was caught on camera. The Obamas had walked onto the stage to be seated, where again the Bushes and the former first lady couldn't help but give good ol' George a squeeze and a hug.
Bush believes the seriousness of the White House and nature of being president and first lady - had opened the Obamas up to sitting by the Bushes regularly, since he's a self-proclaimed jokester. He told PEOPLE the former first lady didn't seem to mind his wisecracks that he occasionally popped during events.
"I needle her a little bit and around her, I'm fairly lighthearted. [The Obamas] are around serious people all the time and we just took to each other."
Regarding the photo of the two of them snapped at the Smithsonian ceremony, Bush told PEOPLE he truly meant the emotions captured in the photo. His fondness for the former first lady stems beyond political niceties, but particularly from her work with Joining Forces that helps military personnel, military families and veterans.
Former president George W. Bush has spent a considerable amount of time after leaving office to help wounded warriors, including creating wellness and employment programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Those programs help veterans wounded in war transition back to civilian life as smoothly as they can.
Here's a video capturing the unique essence of their relationship.
Both former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, say they hope they will be able to work with the Obamas at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, now that they've left the White House, too. They are the perfect example of how surprising friendships can form across strong political party lines, especially in today's tumultuous political climate. What do you think about their bond?