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Posted: December 05, 2018

George H.W. Bush funeral: George W. Bush continues mint tradition with Michelle Obama

George W. Bush Continues Mint Tradition With Michelle Obama

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A moment that sealed the connection and image of two former families had apparently become a sort of tradition between former President George W. Bush and former first lady Michelle Obama. 

In September, during the funeral for Sen. John McCain, Bush gave Obama a cough drop. It was a simple moment between three people who could be considered some of the nation’s most powerful, when former first lady Laura Bush, handed her husband a cough drop to give to Obama.

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In a bit of levity during Wednesday’s state funeral for Bush’s father former President George H.W. Bush, Bush 43 did the same thing as he walked down the aisle greeting the nation’s current and former leaders. He handed Obama, what many are calling a mint, before the funeral service began, the “Today” show reported. Obama smiled as he slipped the candy into her hand.

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George H.W. Bush’s funeral ceremony continued to Joint Base Andrews, where his body was taken to the plane normally called Air Force One, but today called Special Air Mission 41, to take him back home to Texas and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died earlier this year.


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George H.W. Bush funeral: George W. Bush continues mint tradition with Michelle Obama

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George H.W. Bush funeral: George W. Bush continues mint tradition with Michelle Obama

Former U.S. President George W. Bush (C) leans across President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to greet fellow former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama during the state funeral for his father and former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States.
 
 

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