George W. Bush and Michelle Obama share in sweet tradition at late George H.W. Bush's funeral

Alex Lasker

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Michelle Obama shared a brief moment of levity on Wednesday during the funeral of 41st President George H.W. Bush.

As the younger Bush greeted mourners at his late father’s memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral, he appeared to hand Obama a piece of candy, a kind act he also performed at the funeral of late Senator John McCain in September.

As it did in September, the move caused the pair and others around them, including former President Barack Obama, to laugh, providing temporary relief during the somber event.


Footage of the moment rapidly gained attention on social media, with users appreciating the warm relationship the two seem to share.

Some people even called the gesture "heartwarming" and "classy," considering the stark political disparities between Bush and Obama.

But despite their differences, the unlikely duo has always shared a special bond, the 43rd president told PEOPLE during a 2017 interview.

"She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like," Bush told the outlet.

"I needle her a little bit and around her, I’m fairly lighthearted," he added. "[The Obamas] are around serious people all the time and we just took to each other."

On Wednesday, Bush went on to deliver a heartwrenching eulogy to his late father, during which he became choked up.

"We're going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever," he said. "So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you — a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have." 

"And in our grief," he concluded, "let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom's hand again."

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