Former President George W. Bush and Michelle Obama are surprisingly very close friends even though they have different political views. The 43rd president says he has deep admiration for the former first lady much the same he admired another woman who he and her were on the same side of the political fence. He was referring to his former Secretary Of State, Condoleezza Rice. The former president Bush says throughout his life, Black women have always had great appreciation for his sense of humor and that is the main reason he has had so much love and admiration for them.
Bush and Black women have been photographed together in public places even more than he has been photographed with his wife Laura. 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. The interview was posted on Wednesday.
The former President is back in the public eye to promote his new book, “Portraits of Courage,” a volume of his paintings of military veterans.
“Black women like my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” Bush said.
Bush and Black women are often seated next to each other during 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.
Condoleezza Rice would often attend church services with George and Laura and the former president would sit closer to Condi than to Laura.
“I can’t remember where else I’ve sat next to Black women, but I probably have a few wisecracks and they seemed to like it OK,” Bush said. “I needle them a little bit and around them, I’m fairly lighthearted.”
The president continued that the world is a serious place but when he is around Black women, they give each other joy and laughter in a genuine, honest and innocent kind of way.