‘Our Values Are The Same’: Michelle Obama Defends Her Friendship With George W. Bush, Insisting They Have The Same Views About ‘Humanity And Love’ Despite ‘Disagreeing On Policy’

  • The former first lady, 55, said that while she and Bush, 73, disagree on ‘policy,’ they don’t disagree on ‘humanity,’ ‘love,’ or ‘compassion’
  • Due to protocol, they often sit next to each other at official events, and Mrs. Obama said they’ve shared ‘highs and lows’ together
  • They’ve ‘shared stories about our kids and about our parents’
  • Bush also famously passed Obama mints at the funerals for Senator John McCain and his own father, former President George H.W. Bush 
  • Mrs. Obama spoke during an interview with Bush’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager in Vietnam, where they were promoting girls’ education  

Former first lady Michelle Obama defended her friendship with former President George W. Bush in a new interview with Bush’s daughter, Jenna Bush Hager.

Speaking on the Today show on Tuesday, the former first lady, 55, said that while she and Bush, 73, may disagree on matters of politics, they actually have plenty in common — something that’s true of most people, she believes.

‘Our values are the same. We disagree on policy, but we don’t disagree on humanity. We don’t disagree about love and compassion,’ she said. ‘I think that’s true for all of us. It’s just that we get lost in our fear of what’s different.’

The two have gotten to know each other quite a bit over the past decade, as presidents and first ladies belong to a pretty exclusive club and pop up at the same important events.

n 2018, cameras caught Bush handing Mrs. Obama a mint at Senator John McCain’s funeral.

They repeated the gesture again, months later, at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

‘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,’ she said.

Speaking to Jenna this week, Michelle also addressed cancel culture, which her husband has warned against. Instead, she encouraged people to be more open.

‘When we drop our guards, we let ourselves become vulnerable, and that vulnerability allows us to share our true stories with each other,’ she said.

‘This generation coming up, I think they know more than what we did. While one can argue that social media is problematic, it’s also opening people up to new ideas, to each other, to parts of the world.

‘My hope is that they will be more open-minded and secure in who they are so that they can welcome other people’s stories into the mix. But it has to begin with us.’