This is a story about true friendship. But not just any friendship — a bipartisan friendship. During a time when Democrats and Republicans seem like they can’t be any further apart, George W. Bush and Michelle Obama prove that there is still hope for America.
Michelle Obama, the first African-American FLOTUS, grew up in Chicago. She's a lawyer, a writer, a mother and an all-around kick-ass woman. During her eight years as the First Lady, Obama inspired and empowered countless people through her speeches.
After all, who doesn't remember, "When they go low, we go high"?
While most of America is surprised by Obama and Bush's friendship, Bush doesn't think it's that complicated. He explained the basis of their friendship to People: “She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like."
The Bush-Obama friendship took root in 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. Over the past eight years, their relationship has evolved into a friendship we should all aspire to find.
Remember, you deserve a friendship like Michelle Obama's and George W. Bush's.
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8. Friends Who Attend Events Together, Stay Together
Bush and Obama's fondness for one another grew because of something as simple as seating arrangements. The two were regularly seated next to each other at official events, such as Nancy Reagan's memorial service, the opening of the African American museum and the memorial service of the slain Texas police officers in 2016. The more they sat next to each other at these events, the stronger their friendship became.
If these photos aren't proof enough for the duo's friendship, Bush has admitted (on multiple occasions) his sincere fondness for Obama.
When asked about one of the photos of him and Obama, where Bush is smiling at FLOTUS just like Joe Biden would smile at Barack Obama, Bush said, "When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection."
America is in a weird spot these days. We are all painfully aware of that. But if George W. Bush and Michelle Obama can find common ground and develop a strong (and ADORABLE) friendship, then we still have hope.
"(Our friendship) surprised everybody," Bush told Ellen DeGeneres. "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."
13. Bush Knows A Thing Or Two About What The Obamas Are Going Through
As a former POTUS, Bush can certainly relate to the Obamas right now.
"It's going to take them a while to find their footing and figure out how they're going to do what they want to do," Bush said. "But if there's a way to be symbiotic, we'll do so." Because the Bushes and the Obamas are going to be lifelong friends, which hopefully that means that America is going to be A-okay in the long run!