Michelle Obama Explains That Viral Mint Exchange with George W. Bush at His Father’s Funeral

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush have made it a tradition to sneak mints to each other at high-profile events — first at Sen. John McCain’s funeral in September and more recently at the funeral for Bush’s father, Former president George H. W. Bush.

The mint exchange between the two besties quickly won over the Internet, both times becoming a viral moment. During a stop in San Jose, Calif. for Obama’s Becoming book tour, the 54-year-old opened up about the most-recent incident.

“He has the presence of mind and the sense of humor to bring me a mint,” she said, per ABC7’s report. “And he made it a point to give me that mint right then and there and that’s the beauty of George Bush.”

The unexpected nature of the friendship is what’s truly charmed the internet, but the pair’s relationship didn’t start with the candy swap — who could forget their adorable hug in 2016 at dedication of the National Museum of American History and Culture? 

Earlier this year, Obama told Today  that Bush had become her “partner in crime” after years of sitting together at events.

More recently, the former First Lady spoke with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager during a Today interview, sharing how their differing political views aren’t an obstacle in their friendship.

“We’re all American. We all care about our family our kids and we’re trying to get ahead. We have different ideas about what’s the best way to get there. That doesn’t make me evil. And that doesn’t make him, you know, stupid,” she told Hager. “It’s just a disagreement and that’s how I feel about your father. You know? He’s a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet.” 

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