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GW Bush on Obamas: 'We Just Took to Each Other'

GW Bush on Obamas: 'We Just Took to Each Other'

Former first lady Michelle Obama hugs former President George W. Bush during the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By    |   Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:54 PM

Former President George W. Bush says he feels a "genuine affection" for former First Lady Michelle Obama — a fondness captured in a photo last September showing her giving the 43rd president a warm hug. 

In an interview with People magazine to publicize his first art book and exhibit, "Portrait of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors," 
Bush said of the hug: "When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection."

"She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like," Bush said in the interview.

Bush told the outlet he was regularly seated beside Michelle Obama at official events like Nancy Reagan's memorial service, an interfaith memorial service for Texas police officers last year, and at the September 2016 dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C., to mark the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, where they were pictured in the hug.

"I can't remember where else I've sat next to her, but I probably have a few wise cracks and she seemed to like it okay," Bush told People. "I needle her a little bit and around her, I'm fairly lighthearted. [The Obamas] are around serious people all the time and we just took to each other."

Asked about that sweet hug at Smithsonian, he said: "When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection."

Bush said he also shares her interest in working with military personnel, military families and veterans  — and hopes he and Laura Bush will work with both Michelle and former President Barack Obama.

"I think they're interested in, also, doing things with our troops of course now in their after-life, as I call it," Laura Bush told People.

George W. Bush added: "It's going to take them a while to find their footing and figure out how they're going to do what they want to do. But if there's a way to be symbiotic, we'll do so."

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Former President George W. Bush says he feels a "genuine affection" for former First Lady Michelle Obama - a fondness captured in a photo last September showing her giving the 43rd president a warm hug.
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