Dana Carvey recalls ‘many warm moments’ with George, Barbara Bush at White House

Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Dana Carvey paid tribute to former President George H.W. Bush in a segment that aired earlier this year.
Carvey said in the April appearance with late-night host Conan O’Brien that he enjoyed “many warm moments” with the first couple while lamenting the “scorched-earth, angry politics” of today.
Bush, the 41st president of the United States, passed away Friday night at the age of 94. His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died in April. 
Carvey, 63, starred on “SNL” from 1986-1993, is arguably best known for his portrayal of the former president. 
In 1992, Carvey performed at the White House at the invitation of Bush and the first lady at the annual Christmas party.{mosads}
“They welcomed my wife and I to the White House,” Carvey told O’Brien on his TBS late-night talk show. “And we really hung out with them, we really got to know them.” 

Carvey added of the Bushes that he’d “never really seen a marriage that was that effortless,” while sharing that he and Bush did a lot of charity events together and kept in touch via phone and handwritten notes. 

“We had so many warm moments with them,” he said. “It was a different time. It wasn’t scorched-earth, angry politics.”
“Can you imagine that today?” O’Brien wondered in response. “In today’s environment, you do an impression of a president and you’re the enemy. You never would be invited to the White House. And I think that’s something we have lost.”

“[They] didn’t demonize the other side,” Carvey replied. “It was just a different time.” 

“I just love them and wish the best for everybody,” he concluded.  

In 1988, in defeating Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis for the presidency, Bush was the first serving vice president in more than 150 years to be elected to the highest office. 
Bush often worked with former president Bill Clinton on several large charity efforts, most notably on the ground in Haiti while creating the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to aid victims of the 2010 earthquake. 
— This story was updated at 11:25 a.m. to reflect the timing of the late-night segment
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