George Bush Expressed His ‘Shock’ By People’s Reaction To His Friendship With Michelle Obama

Former US President, George W. Bush has expressed his shock over people’s reaction to his friendship with former US first lady, Michelle Obama.

Bush, a Republican, said he was shocked by how people reacted when he and Michelle, a Democrat, embraced each other at the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and their interaction at the late Sen. John McCain’s 2018 funeral where he gave her an Altoid.

“The American people were so surprised that Michelle Obama and I could be friends,” Bush said in an interview on CBS.

“Americans are so polarized in their thinking that they can’t imagine a George W. Bush and a Michelle Obama being friends.”

“It was a friendship,” former first lady Laura Bush added.

In the interview, Bush also reacted to the current immigration dilemma being faced at the southern border.

In 2007, the former president unsuccessfully pushed for an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, and has said that failure to act on immigration is one of the great regrets of his presidency. Now, he says he hopes this project will help create “a better understanding” about the role immigration plays in America. 

“I don’t want to be prescriptive. I don’t want to tell Congress how to do this or that,” Bush told CBS. “I do want to tell Congress to please put aside all the harsh rhetoric about immigration. ‘Please put aside trying to score political points on either side.’

I hope I can help set a tone that is more respectful about the immigrant, which may lead to reform of the system.”

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