A photo of Barack and Michelle Obama consoling George W. Bushat a memorial service in 2016 is being hailed as the picture of compassion and empathy as former President Bush now copes with his mother’s recent death and his father’s hospitalization.
On Tuesday morning, hours after news broke that former President George H.W. Bush had been hospitalized in intensive care following his wife Barbara’s funeral, Twitter user @stringbeans15 shared the poignant 2016 photo, which shows former President Obama grasping George W. Bush’s hand at a memorial service for five police officers killed by a sniper during a protest march in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Bush lives in Dallas and gave a heartfelt speech at the service honoring the officers who he said were “among the best of us.”
The photo post has since racked up hundreds of likes and retweets, with former George W. Bush campaign staffer Steve Schmidt commenting: “What a beautiful picture. Two men. One woman. One is a grieving son. The other a friend. Magnanimous, gracious, classy and comforting. The woman is decent and filled with empathy. Two imperfect men who were fidelitous to their oaths. American Presidents and a great 1st lady.”
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal…" In life and in death. pic.twitter.com/2IkJi1Oqd3
— Je Suis la Résistance (@stringbeans15) April 24, 2018
What a beautiful picture. Two men. One woman. One is a grieving son. The other a friend. Magnanimous , gracious, classy and comforting. The woman is decent and filled with empathy. Two imperfect men who were fidelitous to their oaths. American Presidents and a great 1st lady.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) April 24, 2018
I am gutted … this is what true humanity and compassion look like.
— Social✽Fly (@socflyny) April 24, 2018
That is true humanity!
— Universenme Peter C (@universenme) April 24, 2018
From tragedy to tragedy. This photo from 2016 Dallas Memorial service Police killed on that horrible day…to Saturday's compassion and love still continuing at the loss of Barbara Bush.
— kwebbtx (@kwebbtx) April 24, 2018