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George W. Bush Breaks Down His Affection For Michelle Obama: ‘We Just Took To Each Other’

Most people would think that George W. Bush and Michelle Obama are an unlikely pair, but Bush has recently revealed in an interview that he and Michelle always took to each other.

Bush told PEOPLE that he has actually grown quite fond of Michelle Obama. “She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like.”

Bush said in the interview that during Obama’s presidency, he was regularly seated beside the Obama family, which meant that they had the opportunity to talk and joke about things. In September 2016, the two families attended a dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C. which celebrated the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was at this event that a photo taken of Michelle and George went viral. When Bush was asked about the photo, he said: “When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection.”

“I can’t remember where else I’ve sat next to her, but I probably gave a few wise cracks and she seemed to like it okay,” said Bush. “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.”

Now that Barack Obama’s presidency has officially come to an end, many are wondering what he and Michelle will do.

Bush has dedicated much of his time after his presidency to support veterans, and has created several programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Center for veterans transitioning back to civilian life. Michelle Obama has been a fundamental part of the Joining Forces initiative, which offers support for veterans and their families. Bush has stated that he hopes he can work with Michelle and Barack in this type of setting.

“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. But if there’s a way to be symbiotic, we’ll do so,” Bush said.

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