Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE reflected on her and former President George W. Bush’s “refreshing” tradition of sharing candy with one another during a recent stop on her “Becoming” book tour last weekend.
The two recently captured attention on social media earlier this month when Bush passed a mint to the former first lady as he greeted the Obamas at a funeral service held for his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
The moment came after the two captured headlines for the gesture during a service held in honor of the late Republican Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhoopi Goldberg signs four-year deal with ABC to stay on 'The View' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Meghan McCain: Country has not 'healed' from Trump under Biden MORE (Ariz.) earlier this year.
“He has the presence of mind and the sense of humor to bring me a mint, and he made it a point to give me that mint right then and there and that’s the beauty of George Bush,” Obama said of the gesture while speaking at the SAP Center this past weekend, according to Time magazine.
While discussing the gesture, which many online have pointed to as a positive example of bipartisanship, Obama explained back in November why she thinks people can have an appetite those kinds of moments.
“Because I think the political discourse, the way it’s shown in the media, is … all the nasty parts of it. You know? Because I guess we’ve become a culture where the nasty sells,” she said at the time, according to the magazine.
“So people are just gonna keep feeding that. We’re all Americans. We all care about our family and our kids, and we’re trying to get ahead,” Obama continued. “And that’s how I feel about [Bush]. You know? He’s a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man.”