George W. Bush handed something to his “partner in crime,” Michelle Obama during his father’s funeral while greeting former presidents. If it’s part of their continuing inside joke, it was most likely a mint or cough drop.
Observant viewers of Wednesday’s funeral for George H.W. Bush likely saw son George W. Bush slip Michelle Obama something before taking his seat.
So, what did he hand her?
Likely a cough drop or mint, perhaps even one that’s many years old.
The exchange is part of an inside joke between the two, who have become close friends over the years.
A similar handoff at Sen. John McCain’s funeral in September was caught on video, and the former first lady later explained what it was all about on a segment of NBC’s Today Show. George W. Bush and Obama are often seated next to each other at official functions. In that particular moment, Bush gave her an Altoid from his wife and former first lady, Laura Bush.
“He is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather,” Obama said. “So we’re together all the time, and I love him to death. He’s a wonderful man. He’s a funny man.”
Former president George W. Bush (C), flanked by his wife Laura (bottom L) reaches past (from L-R) US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania and former president Barack Obama to give former first Lady Michelle Obama something as US president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and former president Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter look on during the funeral service former president George H.W.Bush at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, AFP/Getty Images)
She noted that they were “old cough drops.”
“That’s the funny thing, because they were in the little White House box, and I was like, ‘How long have you had these?’ And he said, ‘A long time, we got a lot of these!'”
On Wednesday, Bush reached into his pocket as he walked up the aisle for his father’s funeral. He leaned over to shake hands with President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and former president Barack Obama.
And when he got to Michelle Obama, the exchange took place.
One can only wonder about whether whatever he handed her has an expiration date, and just how many Bush has left.
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