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.


George Bush shares candy with Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaEx-W.Va. official who made racist Michelle Obama remark defrauded ,000 from FEMA: report GOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' MORE

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 McCainPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal 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 DuckworthTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Bipartisan senators press Trump for strategy to protect Syrian Kurds Haaland displays trans flag outside office after Supreme Court decision on transgender military ban 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 ClintonFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love A year since Parkland: we have a solution Washington restaurant celebrates holiday with presidential drinks 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 PolisKey Colorado House committee passes bill to decide presidential elections by popular vote, not Electoral college Gardner gets latest Democratic challenge from former state senator Gardner, Portman endorse Trump for 2020 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 CrenshawO'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could Dem Navy veteran files election papers to challenge Crenshaw Key Dem chairwoman opposes bill to automatically avoid shutdowns 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'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkePoll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates 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-CortezGOP senator voices concern about Trump order, hasn't decided whether he'll back it Ocasio-Cortez in Bronx speech: New Yorkers deserve ‘dignified jobs’ Amazon exec invites Ocasio-Cortez to tour facilities after criticism MORE's (D-N.Y.) shocked response to winning a primary against longtime incumbent Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyCrowley says he 'didn’t underestimate' Ocasio-Cortez in primary challenge Ocasio-Cortez on 2020: ‘I don’t want to be placated as a progressive’ Ocasio-Cortez holds call with UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (D-Calif.) to dance.