Michelle Obama Explains Viral Candy Sharing Moments With George W. Bush

Former first lady Michelle Obama explained the moments where former president George W. Bush handed her candy and reflected on their friendship during her a stop on her book tour over the weekend.

Bush sneakily handed Obama a piece of candy at the late Senator John McCain's funeral service in August and repeated the touching moment again during his late father and former president George H.W. Bush's funeral earlier this month. Both incidents were perceived by Americans as a sweet moment of unity and quickly went viral on social media.

Over the weekend, Obama reflected on the moments and Bush's kindness during a talk at the SAP Center in San Jose to promote her new memoir book "Becoming." "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," the former FLOTUS said via ABC-7.

Obama has praised her close friendship with Bush several times in recent months. In November, the former first lady explained why she believes that people are interested in her close bipartisan bond with Bush.

"Because I think the political discourse, the way it's shown in the media, is … all the nasty parts of it. You know? Because I guess we've become a culture where the nasty sells," she said in an interview with Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, on NBC's Today show.

"So people are just gonna keep feeding that. We're all Americans. We all care about our family and our kids and we're trying to get ahead," Obama continued. "And that's how I feel about [Bush]. You know? He's a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man."

Speaking to the sold-out crowd in San Jose on Friday night, Obama sent a moving message to the youth of America. "You have so many mistakes that you can recover from, so much you can learn from, don't beat yourself up because you haven't figured it out," she said.

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President Barack Obama watches first lady Michelle Obama embracing former president George Bush, accompanied by his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, while participating in the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. Getty/Astrid Riecken
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