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Michelle Obama Explains Her Emotional Reaction To Getting Another Surprise Mint From George Bush

Date December 17, 2018

Michelle Obama and George Bush have started a White House tradition that no one else cares to replicate. Twice, the former President has been caught on camera reaching across to hand Mrs. Obama a candy.

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Another moving candy exchange moment

At his father's funeral weeks ago, George W. Bush caused quite a stir when handed Mrs. Obama yet another piece of candy while shaking hands with former presidents and their spouses.

This singular cheesy act of friendship broke the mood at the otherwise sober event. Barack Obama and Melania Trump could not stop themselves. They smiled!

Michelle Obama was touched by this gesture

Michelle Obama and president Bush have given the world many of these absolutely cute moments at official events and the former first lady has spoken warmly of her husband's predecessor in the past.

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But when she addressed a crowd of book lovers at a Becoming event in South Bay on Friday night, she had an emotional reaction to the candy exchange incident from the Bush funeral.

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She was quite touched by the former president's gesture and said as much:

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.

In November, former first daughter and TODAY host Jenna Hager Bush asked Michelle why this friendship with her dad was something Americans had fallen in love.

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In response, Michelle said their relationship across the political divide was really what the country stood for and that's what attracts people. Despite their political differences, to her, Bush remains a kind, funny and smart man.

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