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.
Bush called on Congress to tone down the “harsh rhetoric” on immigration, adding that he hopes that doing so will “set a tone that is more respectful” of immigrants and lead to more policy change.