President George H.W. Bush’s funeral kicked off with a sweet gesture between his son and former first lady Michelle Obama.
All the living presidents and their wives were sitting together in the first row of Washington’s National Cathedral, and when former President George W. Bush arrived, he greeted all of them. He shook hands with President Trump, Melania Trump and former President Barack Obama, but when he got to Michelle, he did something noticeably different. He leaned in and handed her something small, and in response, the Obamas laughed and smiled.
It’s unclear what it was, but the exchange was reminiscent of one that took place at the funeral in September of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. As Michelle Obama later revealed, George W. was handing her a cough drop; so everyone is assuming that he was repeating the gesture at his father’s funeral.
Did former President George W. Bush hand something to former First Lady Michelle Obama when shaking her hand just now? Perhaps a cough drop like at Sen. McCain’s funeral? #Remembering41
— Lauren Stephenson (@StephensonNews) December 5, 2018
Pretty sure Bush 43 just gave Michelle Obama a cough drop when he went through the line
— Amy Haworth (@amyjohaworth) December 5, 2018
George W Bush just handed Michelle Obama another cough drop. Oh my heart.💔💖
— Lisa Campodall'Orto (@LisaCampo) December 5, 2018
If I’m not mistaken, President Bush 43 passed Michelle Obama a cough drop when he shook her hand. Their inside joke continues even in the sad time of his dad’s funeral. Those two have a fun bond. #Bush41Funeral
— Shanna Pope (@shannapope) December 5, 2018
Another George W. Bush / Michelle Obama cough drop moment!! Follow updates here > https://t.co/prhGbMaSde
— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) December 5, 2018
— mamapilon3 (@mamapilon3) December 5, 2018
Others think it could be a mint.
— TIME (@TIME) December 5, 2018
Look closely (0:22), George W. Bush just slipped Michelle Obama a mint. A nod to Bush sneaking him a mint at the funeral of John McCain. Per protocol, Michelle is usually seated next to George W., today is a rare exception. #GeorgeHWBushFuneral pic.twitter.com/Z11djVty72
— Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson (@MissBeaE) December 5, 2018
Watch former President George W. Bush hands what appears to be a mint to Michelle Obama — similar to their exchange at Sen. John McCain’s funeral. pic.twitter.com/1rAvoncIEd
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 5, 2018
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
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 5, 2018
Whatever it was, people cannot get enough of this small sign of their close relationship.
The candy pass between Michelle Obama and George W. Bush, mirroring the one that warmed our hearts during the funeral of John McCain. pic.twitter.com/TDnunfnL4E
— Yule Brenna 🎄 (@brennawilliams) December 5, 2018
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) December 5, 2018
George Bush got a crush on Michelle Obama… convince me otherwise pic.twitter.com/dP7SQG35ly
— Jason Bolaños (@JBinAV) December 5, 2018
The funeral for George HW Bush is so moving . Loved seeing George W slip Michelle Obama a candy 🙂
— 🇨🇦Monica⚓️ (@Jakiemon) December 5, 2018
Michelle Obama and George W Bush’s friendship is so pure I love it so much
— luke (@lukedetore) December 5, 2018
“President Bush and I, we are forever seatmates because of protocol, and that’s how we sit at all the official functions,” Michelle Obama said in an interview on the Today show in October. “He’s my partner in crime at every major thing where all the ‘formers’ gather. So we’re together all the time,” she added. “I love him to death,” she gushed. “He’s a wonderful man, he’s a funny man.”
So, that explains the initial cough drop exchange. “It was a simple gesture,” she said of what happened at McCain’s funeral. George W. Bush was getting a cough drop from his wife, and she wanted one too. “I looked over and I said, ‘Hand me a cough drop.'” And a tradition was started.
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