Former President George W. Bush recently sat down with People Magazine for a candid conversation regarding his “genuine” affection for former First Lady Michelle Obama.
“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” Bush said during the interview.
The two have sat next to one another on numerous occasions. Last year, a photo of the pair laughing and hugging at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. went viral.
“When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection,” said Bush.
“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,” he added. “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.”
The former president said that both he and his wife, Laura Bush, would welcome the opportunity to work together with the Obamas on future projects.
“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,” he said regarding how the Obamas will choose to move forward now that they are no longer the first family. “But if there’s a way to be symbiotic, we’ll do so.”
“I think they’re interested in, also, doing things with our troops of course now in their afterlife, as I call it,” Laura Bush said.
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