George W Bush slips Michelle Obama a mint during his father's funeral mirroring the famous candy exchange at McCain's funeral
The former first lady Michelle Obama once referred to George W Bush as her 'partner in crime' while talking about their friendship and had called him 'a wonderful man'
Former President George W Bush and former First Lady Michelle Obama have often been in the news for the special friendship the duo share despite their political differences. Their strong bond was once again on display at the funeral service of the late President George HW Bush.
During the service, as the president and the former presidents were sitting on the first row of the Washington National Cathedral waiting for Bush senior's casket to arrive, Bush junior came by the row and shook hands with the former presidents and first ladies.
Although he shook hands and exchanged kind words with everyone, when he came to Michelle Obama, he slipped a candy to her, which he had earlier taken out of his pocket just for the purpose.
Michelle Obama looked at him and broke into a smile. The moment touched everyone around as the Clintons and Bush junior and the Obamas all chuckled at the gesture.
George Bush gave Michelle Obama candy at his father’s funeral. Dubya is the GOAT. 🇺🇸pic.twitter.com/3PnE4vLZxl— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) December 5, 2018
The moment is reminiscent of the late Senator John McCain's funeral when Michelle Obama and Bush Junior were sitting together at the row and he casually took a cough drop from his wife and passed on to Michelle Obama. Reports state that Michelle Obama was battling a cough at the time and the gesture was viewed as very sweet and made news and had people on social media gushing about their friendship.
The former first lady Michelle Obama even once referred to Bush junior as her "partner in crime" while talking about their friendship.
“President Bush and I are forever seatmates 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," Michelle Obama said of her and Bush junior's relationship in October. "I love him to death. He’s a wonderful man," she added.
George W Bush, previously, has also expressed his fondness for Michelle while talking to PEOPLE about their unconventional friendship: "She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like," Bush had said. "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."
Former First Lady Michelle Obama had canceled two events in the European leg of her book tour so that she can attend late President George HW Bush's funeral.
The 41st President of the United States died on November 30, Friday, at the age of 94 and his body is set to lie in state in Washington, DC until his funeral on Thursday.
Announcing the cancellation of the events, Michelle tweeted on Sunday: "It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George HW Bush’s exemplary life. This will, unfortunately, preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin.”