Former President George W. Bush is back in the headlines, currently on the road, the 43rd president is promoting his new book, “Portraits of Courage.”
Bush has also taken the political world by storm after he struck up the most unpredictable of friendships with former first lady Michelle Obama, who the former commander in chief says has a distinct appreciation for his sense of humor.
The unlikely duo have been photographed together during formal events. When Obama embraced Bush at the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture last September, the photo of their warm interaction went viral.
“When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection,” Bush told People magazine as he reflected on the moment.
“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” Bush said.
The pair are often intentionally seated next to each other at events, including the interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting in July, last year’s funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan and the 2015 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.
“I can’t remember where else I’ve sat next to her, but I probably have a few wisecracks and she seemed to like it OK,” Bush 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.”