- Bushes and Obamas sat next to each other in Washington National Cathedral
- They sat in front pew during memorial service for Senator John McCain
- During Joe Lieberman’s tribute, former President Bush gave ex-First Lady Michelle Obama a piece of candy
- The brief clip went viral on social media as users hailed spirit of bipartisanship
- Bush and former President Obama delivered eulogies during service for McCain
Former President George W. Bush playfully gave former First Lady Michelle Obama a piece of candy during Senator John McCain’s funeral – sending social media into meltdown.
During Joe Lieberman’s eulogy at McCain’s memorial service in Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, the television cameras captured the heartwarming moment.
While seated in the front pew, Bush was seen taking the piece of candy from his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush.
The 43rd president then discreetly handed it over to Obama, who was seated to his right.
Former President George W. Bush (second from right) playfully gave former First Lady Michelle Obama a piece of candy during Senator John McCain’s funeral – sending social media into meltdown
While seated in the front pew, Bush was seen taking the piece of candy from his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush (far right). The 43rd president then discreetly handed it over to Obama, who was seated to his right. Former President Barack Obama (far left) looks on
The tender moment inspired Twitter users who said it represented a time when civility was the norm in politics
The former first lady is seen telling him ‘Thank you’ as she accepted the candy while her husband, former President Barack Obama, looked on approvingly.
The tender moment inspired Twitter users who said it represented a time when civility was the norm in politics.
‘Seeing George Bush smuggle a piece of candy from his wife Laura to Michelle Obama while trying to be discreet gives me faith in the future of our Republic,’ tweeted one Twitter user.
‘The camera just cut away from Joe Lieberman’s joke about John McCain to Laura Bush just passing a hard church candy to Michelle Obama thru George Bush and it might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,’ tweeted Amee Vanderpool.
Another viewer observed: ‘George Bush sharing a mint with Michelle Obama is everything.’
‘I’d totally watch a travel show where George Bush and Michelle Obama go abroad and get up to wacky adventures,’ tweeted Ben Harris.
Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bush, once rivals of McCain, praised him in eulogies on Saturday and joined his daughter in subtle and not-so-subtle rebukes of President Donald Trump. McCain’s casket is seen at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday
Bush, who defeated McCain in a bitterly contested Republican primary in 2000, paid tribute to his former rival on Saturday
Obama, who denied McCain a chance to become president in 2008, was also asked by the family to deliver a eulogy
‘George Bush slipping candy to Michelle Obama is a sweet & hard metaphor for all we have lost in politics,’ tweeted Faith Salie.
The close friendship between the former president and the wife of his successor has played out in public on a few occasions.