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Michelle Obama has finally explained her viral moment with George W. Bush at John McCain's funeral. During the remembrance, there was a brief moment when the 43rd President of the United States extended his hand and provided Mrs. Obama with a cough drop, which some people saw as a small gesture between former presidential figures, while other people saw as something a little more substantial, perhaps even a reach across the political table during turbulent times.
It was one of those small moments that became bigger than anyone involved ever expected it would be, but it ultimately turned into a viral sensation online, and Michelle Obama explained what happened during this much-discussed political moment at the funeral.
As former First Lady Michelle Obama notes, it was a moment she didn't expect to be caught on camera. But that hasn't stopped viral moments from happening before, and she doesn't seem upset that this small gesture became a big deal online. Rather, she took the time to explain what happened. She also touched on why she was seated next to George W. Bush, which is apparently a pretty common occurrence during public and formal events.
Michelle Obama explained the moment she received a cough drop from the former United States president, which was talked about relentlessly online, during a recent appearance on Today. She admits that she actually asked George W. Bush for a cough drop, and she explained that they weren't, shall we say, minty fresh. In fact, Bush joked (or, perhaps, didn't) that they were actually from his time in the Oval Office, still collected during all these years. Obama continued:
While it was a simple gesture, as Michelle Obama noted earlier, it was seen as a bipartisan effort, and Michelle Obama is ultimately aware of that. She stated:
Meanwhile, George W. Bush was recently in the news when one of his daughters, Barbara Bush, got married in a private, secretive wedding in Maine.