George W. Bush and Michelle Obama recreated the heartwarming exchange that went viral during the funeral of late Senator John McCain as world leaders gathered in the nation’s capital on Wednesday to bid a final farewell to Bush’s father and former President George H.W. Bush.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were seated in the first row of the Washington National Cathedral along with their spouses when Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, took a moment to shake each of their hands.
During the exchange, Bush took a moment to slip into the aisle and sneak former first lady Michelle Obama something that appeared to be a piece of candy, mirroring a sweet moment the two had while attending the funeral services of McCain in September.
During an appearance on NBC’s Today Show a month after McCain’s funeral, the former first lady said that she “didn’t realize at the time that anybody noticed what we were doing” but said it was an act of friendship.
“President Bush and I…we 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,” Obama said.
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