Former president George W. Bush greeted the current and former presidents at President George H.W. Bush’s funeral on Wednesday, and even offered a piece of candy to his usual seatmate, Michelle Obama, as he shook hands with the front row.
The pair is usually seated next to one another since Obama was the next first lady after Bush left office. That means that when former presidents are lined up, Bush and Obama are always near one another.
The funeral took place at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday and was attended by multiple heads of state, Congress and international diplomats.
The “partners in crime” as Obama referred to them were not seated together for this event, since Bush was with his family.
The pair has developed an unusually close bond and were caught on camera sharing candy at the late Senator John McCain’s funeral in September of this year.
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Former Pres. George W. Bush slips Michelle Obama a piece of candy or mint, a callback to Sen. John McCain's funeral. pic.twitter.com/9boW8w3X0X
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Obama has spoken about the bond between herself and Bush and even said last month that she had no idea that Bush’s kindness would go viral.
Bush appeared to have gotten a cough drop from former first lady Laura Bush, and handed it to Obama to help her suppress a cough she was struggling with during the McCain funeral.
“I didn’t realize at the time that anybody noticed what we were doing,” Obama said according to The Daily Mail.
“He is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather… So we’re together all the time and I love him to death.
“He’s a wonderful man. He’s a funny man.
“It was a simple gesture. He was getting a cough drop from Laura – they were old cough drops, they were in a White House box.”
According to Obama, the moment of kindness that has gone viral shows that Americans are “hungry” for unity.