Michelle Obama, G.W. Bush pals by prox­im­ity

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - Erin Kelly

WASH­ING­TON – For­mer first lady Michelle Obama said Thurs­day that ex-Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush has be­come her “part­ner in crime” af­ter years of sit­ting to­gether at of­fi­cial events.

“Pres­i­dent Bush and I are for­ever seat­mates be­cause of pro­to­col – that’s how we sit at all the of­fi­cial func­tions,” Obama said on NBC’s “To­day” show. “So he is my part­ner in crime at ev­ery ma­jor thing where all the for­m­ers gather.

“I love him to death,” Obama added. “He’s a won­der­ful man. He’s a funny man.”

Obama ex­pressed her af­fec­tion for Bush af­ter be­ing asked about the mo­ment when Bush handed her a cough drop at the Sept. 1 fu­neral of Repub­li­can Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona. The mo­ment, which hap­pened at the Na­tional Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton, went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

Bush was hand­ing a cough drop to his wife, Laura, when Obama leaned over and asked him if she could have one too. She said she didn’t re­al­ize that any­one was watch­ing the “sim­ple ges­ture.”

“And I will add that they were old cough drops,” Obama said, de­scrib­ing them as be­ing in an of­fi­cial White House

“Party doesn’t sep­a­rate us. Color, gen­der, those sort of things don’t sep­a­rate us.”

Michelle Obama

For­mer first lady

box. “And I was like, ‘How long have you had these?’ They said, ‘A long time. We got a lot of these.’ ”

Obama, a Demo­crat, said that her friend­ship with Bush, a Repub­li­can, de­fies la­bels.

“Party doesn’t sep­a­rate us,” she said. “Color, gen­der, those sort of things don’t sep­a­rate us.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.