Warm and fuzzy feelings in politics may seem few and far between.

In a year when seven in 10 Americans said they have "news fatigue," though, there were a few moments that warmed bipartisan hearts across the nation, ranging from Sully the service dog to the rescue of all 12 members of a Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave in Thailand for nearly two weeks.

Here are some of those moments.


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Twice on difficult occasions, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Michelle Obama passed candy back and forth.

During the funeral service for Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death MORE (R-Ariz.) in September, Bush passed what was later revealed to be a cough drop or mint to Obama in the front row at the cathedral.

Then a few months after the moment went viral online, in December, Bush made a point of providing another candy to Obama as he greeted the couple at the funeral service for his father, former President George H.W. Bush. 


Meghan McCain's emotional speech at her father's funeral

Meghan McCain said during her eulogy for her father that the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) directed her to use the speech to "show them how tough you are." And she did, struggling through tears at times to deliver it.

She spoke about her father's reputation for "his patriotism, his faith, his endurance in the worst of possible circumstances" that most people associated with his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam at a camp known as the "Hanoi Hilton."

"Today I want to share with you where I found out who John McCain truly was, and it wasn't in the Hilton," she said. "It wasn't in the cockpit of a fast and lethal fighter jet or on the campaign trail. John McCain was in all those places, but the best of him was somewhere else, the best of John McCain, the greatest of his titles and the most important of his roles was as a father."


First baby appears on Senate floor

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador Senate committee advances nomination of general accused of sexual assault Overnight Defense: General accused of sexual assault to get confirmation hearing | Senate to vote Monday on overriding Saudi arms deal veto | Next Joint Chiefs chair confirmed | Graham tries to ease Turkey tensions MORE (D-Ill.) became the first senator to bring a baby onto the Senate floor in April, after senators voted unanimously to allow children under one year of age into the chamber.

Duckworth, who lost both her legs during the Iraqi War, entered the chamber in a wheelchair for a vote carrying her newborn daughter in a sling.


George H.W. Bush's final sock choice

Former President George H.W. Bush was known for his love of colorful socks. The New York Times called him "the Original Sock Diplomat."

"He wore red, white and blue striped numbers to the White House for the unveiling of his son’s official portrait in 2012; Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm' Kentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' Democratic governors fizzle in presidential race MORE socks to a meeting with Mr. Clinton; and socks from a company started by a man with Down syndrome on World Down Syndrome Day," the Times noted.

He also wore "book socks" to his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush's, funeral in April this year to honor her passion for literacy. And he picked out a pair of socks representing his military service to wear to his own funeral, which came in December.

Bush's socks prompted people to honor his memory on social media using the hashtag #SocksforBush.


New gains for diversity in midterm elections

In 2018, a record number of women were elected to the House and the number of LGBT lawmakers in Congress hit double digits for the first time.

Within those election milestones were other records. A record number of female veterans are heading to Congress next year. The first Muslim woman and the first Native American woman were elected to Congress. The first openly gay governor was elected in Colorado. South Dakota elected its first female governor and Tennessee and Arizona their first female senators. 

Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado governor pokes fun at FaceApp Number of openly LGBTQ elected officials rose nearly 25 percent since 2018: report GOP gun rights activist arrested for flashing handgun at U.S. marshal MORE (D-Colo.), now the state's the governor-elect, introduced his partner as "the first first man" of Colorado during his acceptance speech, earning a massive wave of applause.


A "Saturday Night Live" apology

After comic Pete Davidson joked about now-Rep.-elect Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawRed flag laws won't stop mass shootings — ending gun-free zones will CNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back Texas Democratic official: GOP needs to 'get real' about gun reform after El Paso MORE (R-Texas) who "lost his eye in war — or whatever" on "Saturday Night Live" in November, a wave of criticism forced the show to apologize.

But Davidson's on-air apology the following week came with an appearance by Crenshaw himself, who gently mocked Davidson's recent breakup and then delivered a heartfelt call for unity.

“Americans can forgive one another,” Crenshaw said. “We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other."


Honest reactions from winners and losers

In multiple races around the country, the reactions of the winners or losers were more memorable than the results. For example, Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate MORE (D-Texas) told supporters "I'm so f---ing proud of you guys" during his concession speech, a moment that ended up live on MSNBC. 

“Sorry for the F-bomb,” anchor Brian Williams said at the time. “We have no control of what’s in the concession speeches.”

Cameras caught Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE's (D-N.Y.) shocked response to winning a primary against longtime incumbent Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez chief of staff to leave her office Ocasio-Cortez about as well known as top Democrats: poll Boehner won't say whether he'd back Biden over Trump MORE.

Across town that same night, Rep. Crowley (D-N.Y.) picked up a guitar and dedicated his rendition of "Born to Run" to Ocasio-Cortez.

Later, Crowley's guitar-playing at his farewell party in D.C. even prompted Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) to dance.