George W. Bush has sweet exchange with Michelle Obama at father's funeral

George W. Bush has sweet exchange with Michelle Obama at father's funeral
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WASHINGTON - Former US president George W. Bush shared a light moment with former First Lady Michelle Obama at the funeral for his father George H.W. Bush on Wednesday (Dec 5), appearing to slip her a piece of candy before the service began.

The 43rd US president had also given Michelle Obama a mint during the memorial service in September for Arizona Senator John McCain.

As the 72-year-old Bush arrived at the National Cathedral for the state funeral for his father - the 41st US president - he shook hands with President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania.

Bush then shook hands with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, causing her to smile when he passed her what appeared to be a piece of candy.

Bush then continued down the row, shaking hands with former president Bill Clinton, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.

Michelle Obama later explained the exchange at the McCain memorial during an interview on NBC's Today show.

"We are forever seatmates because of protocol," she said of Bush. "That's how we sit at all the official functions so he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather.

"So we're together all the time, and I love him to death. He's a wonderful man. He's a funny man," she said.

George H.W. Bush died on Friday at the age of 94.

Service dog Sully bids final farewell to George HW Bush at US Capitol

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    He stayed by his side, right till the end.

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    Sully, George HW Bush's service dog, had been keeping watch by his master's casket since he died aged 94 at home last Friday (Nov 30).

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    And as Americans paid their last respects to the former US president at the state funeral held at the US Capitol, the three-year-old Labrador retriever bade a final farewell to his master.

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    Towards the end of his life, Bush battled with Parkinson's disease.

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    Sully helped him with tasks such as retrieving dropped items, opening and closing doors, pushing the emergency button, and supporting him when he stood.

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    With his mission complete, Sully will continue to serve by assisting therapy for wounded soldiers.

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