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 McCainEarth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders 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 DuckworthWarren, Gillibrand ask Defense whether border deployments hurt troop readiness Overnight Energy: Bipartisan Senate group seeks more funding for carbon capture technology | Dems want documents on Interior pick's lobbying work | Officials push to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US Bipartisan senators want 'highest possible' funding for carbon capture technology 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 ClintonThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress 20 years after Columbine: What has changed? Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 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 signs 'red flag' gun bill Colorado governor expected to sign net neutrality bill Colorado sheriff says 'red flag' gun bill doesn't address mental health 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 CrenshawOcasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Ocasio-Cortez knocks Republican over Kentucky trip: 'GOP thought they could catch us with a bluff' Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine 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'RourkeSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump 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-CortezMichael Steele: A missed opportunity at holding banks accountable House Dem dismisses impeachment push: 'I'd rather defeat' Trump at ballot box Tlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall MORE's (D-N.Y.) shocked response to winning a primary against longtime incumbent Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez responds to Trump calling her a 'young bartender': The 'last guy who underestimated me lost' Progressives hammer DCCC over blacklist targeting primary challenges Beto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money 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 PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general MORE (D-Calif.) to dance.