During the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush, his son and former president George W. Bush had a brief lighthearted moment with his good friend Michelle Obama-one he presumably knew, given history, would be appreciated by the many watching the proceedings. George was greeting all the former presidents and first ladies seated at his father's funeral. He shook President Donald Trump's hand, First Lady Melania Trump's hand, and former President Barack Obama's. Then came Michelle's, but instead of just shaking her hand, he was filmed removing a piece of candy from his pocket and slipping it to Michelle.
It was the same move he did at Senator John McCain's state funeral in September. He and Michelle went viral for it then.
Meanwhile Laura Bush gets her husband George Bush to give a piece of candy to Michelle Obama during the memorial service for John McCain. pic.twitter.com/0ejRiyKFer- Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) September 1, 2018
Michelle explained during her October Today show appearance that she didn't anticipate the reaction the move would get. “President Bush and I, we are forever seat mates because of protocol, that’s how we sit at all the official functions so he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather," she explained. "So we’re together all the time, and I love him to death. He’s a wonderful man. He’s a funny man. And it was a simple gesture. He was getting a cough drop from Laura, and I looked over, and I said, 'hand me a cough drop.' And he was like 'oh, okay.' And I will add that they were old cough drops. That’s the funny thing."
“I didn’t realize at the time that anybody noticed what we were doing… He is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather… I love him to death.” @MichelleObama talks about George W. Bush handing her a cough drop (an old one at that!) at McCain's funeral pic.twitter.com/hS9fV0DHjB- TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 11, 2018
But she explained that she knows exactly why their friendship resonates so much: it's a show of bipartisanship. “That’s what people are hungry for," she said. "They’re hungry for what we all know: That party doesn’t separate us, color gender, those kinds of things don’t separate us. It’s the message that we send. And if we’re the adults and leaders in the room and we’re not showing that level of decency, we cannot expect our children to do the same."
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