At Senator John McCain’s funeral in September, a sweet moment between Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush caught the attention of the world. In a covert move, Bush slipped the former first lady a cough drop, and it wasn’t long before the subtle gesture went viral. Then, at his father’s funeral three months later, Bush repeated the gesture as a lighthearted joke, slyly slipping a mint to Obama as he greeted her at the service. Now, Obama herself has opened up about the charming “tradition.”
People reports that as part of her Becoming book tour, the former first lady sat down for a discussion with journalist Michele Norris on December 14th at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. And at one point, the conversation turned to the second now-viral moment between herself and Bush.
Obama’s natural rapport with Bush has been well-documented, and the former first lady has previously spoken about how their relationship shows that people can get along despite political differences. During a November appearance on the Today show, Obama told Bush’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager that, “We’re all Americans. We all care about our family and our kids, and we’re trying to get ahead. And that’s how I feel about your father. You know? He’s a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man.”
It’s genuinely refreshing to see a bipartisan friendship like this in such politically divided times. The world needs more of it right now. Badly.