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- Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush are old friends who don’t let their party and political differences get in the way.
- Bush said he likes Obama because she gets his humor, while Obama called Bush her “partner-in-crime.”
- The friendship, which began when former President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, has had its fair share of viral moments, including several sly cough drop handovers and a sweet embrace.
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It’s an iconic friendship.
Since 2009, former Republican president George W. Bush and former first lady Michelle Obama have hit it off, sharing some truly memorable moments.
In 2016, they had a sweet embrace that was impossible to fake. In 2018, Bush handed Obama cough drops on two different occasions — the first at the memorial service for late Sen. John McCain, and the second at the funeral for George H. Bush, Bush’s father.
It’s also a friendship that’s been a little out of their hands. Obama and Bush are often seatmates at official functions, so they can spend a lot of time next to each other.
Here’s their friendship, in photos.
Funny funny news The friendship blossomed in 2009, at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Funny funny news It’s a relationship that’s been partly out of their hands since Obama and Bush are often seatmates at official functions. Of which, they attend a lot.
They’ll often be seated next to each other at inaugurations or funerals for major political figures.
Funny funny news But even when they aren’t seated, the couples can be seen together.
Funny funny news In 2016, Obama and Bush showed the world their enduring friendship with a sweet embrace.
The two attended the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Jenna Bush Hager, Bush’s daughter, called it “the hug that went around the world.”
Funny funny news They also sang together.
They sang the Civil War-era song “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” to honor fallen police officers who were killed by a sniper during a peaceful protest over the police killing of two African-American men.
Bush also raised a few eyebrows for dancing and lifting his wife and Obama’s hands during the somber song.
Funny funny news Bush spoke to People about their friendship in 2017.
“I needle her a little bit and around her, I’m fairly lighthearted,” he said. “[The Obamas] are around serious people all the time and we just took to each other.”
Funny funny news In 2017, he told Ellen DeGeneres that their friendship surprised everybody.
“That’s what’s so weird about society today, [the surprise] that people on opposite sides of the political spectrum can actually like each other,” he said.
Funny funny news In 2018, at late Sen. John McCain’s memorial, Obama saw Laura Bush hand her husband a cough drop, and asked for one, too.
“I looked over and I said, ‘Hand me a cough drop,” she told “Today.” Bush did as he was told.