At first glance these two seem like an unlikely pair. She’s a former first lady and a Democrat. He’s a former president and a Republican. Oh yeah, she’s Black and he’s white and they’re from different generations and backgrounds.
“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” says Bush, in an interview to launch his first art book and new exhibit, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” a collection of his paintings of post-9/11 war veterans.
The ex-prez goes on to note that he was regularly seated beside the ex-FLOTUS at official events like Nancy Reagan’s memorial service, an interfaith memorial service for Texas police officers last year, and the September 2016 dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C., to mark the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. If you recall, the pic of them cuddling on stage went viral.
“I can’t remember where else I’ve sat next to her, but I probably have a few wise cracks and she seemed to like it okay,” says Bush. “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.”
He adds this about the photo at the Museum of African American History and Culture:
“When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection.”
It seems the bond that drawing the Bushes and Obamas together is that they share a passion for military personnel, military families and veterans. Bush says he and his wife Laura say this is the cause they hope to work on with both Michelle and Barack Obama.
“I think they’re interested in, also, doing things with our troops of course now in their after-life, as I call it,” says Mrs. Bush.
Adds the former president:
“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. But if there’s a way to be symbiotic, we’ll do so.”
Yeah, we hear ya and feel ya W. We could be wrong, but think the bottom line is he’s just gotta thing for powerful and intelligent black women.