President Bush Gushes About Friendship With Michelle Obama
Astrid Riecken

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W Bush have always enjoyed meme-worthy interactions over the years.

But according to the 43rd president, their relationship is genuine and based on their like-minded humor, he told People.

“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” Bush said. The former president is currently on a press tour promoting his new book, “Portraits of Courage,” a volume of his paintings of military veterans.

The pair are often seated next to each other during events, but it was their embrace at  the September 2016 dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture that really caught the nation’s attention.

“I can’t remember where else I’ve sat next to her, but I probably have a few wisecracks and she seemed to like it OK,” Bush said. “I needle her a little bit and around her, I’m fairly lighthearted. They are around serious people all the time and we just took to each other.”

We get why you’re smitten, Mr. President. We are too!