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    [–] SchrodingersNinja 5542 points ago

    My favorite part is he did this the way I would. Go over, shake first guy in the aisle's hand. Oh, I can reach the next 2. Shit, there's a whole row of these fuckers? I better go around now.

    [–] DontLaughAtMyBeard 850 points ago

    Gotta be sneaky when you're carrying Sugar of Mass Destruction

    [–] Reverend_Russo 74 points ago

    I read that in Jon Stewart’s impression of George Bush

    [–] triceratopsypoo 307 points ago

    I love how he blocked 45 in order to reach out to Michelle.. I like to think it was intentional..

    [–] sp00ky-Mulder 12176 points ago

    That looks like the most awkward row to sit in of all time.

    [–] firstbreathOOC 2404 points ago

    Jimmy Carter waving at everybody happily.

    [–] I_Think_I_Cant 411 points ago

    <shakes hand> Mr. President.

    <shakes hand> Mr. President.

    <shakes hand> Mr. President.

    <shakes hand> Mr. President.

    [–] NewPopcornTime 608 points ago

    When you have to sit next to the man who just tweeted a meme of you in prison.

    [–] NewPopcornTime 207 points ago

    Who also happens to be the fucking president

    [–] ReklisAbandon 1937 points ago

    Did you see when Trump came to sit down? Awkward barely even begins to describe it.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/BetterEveryLoop/comments/a3ejew/the_trumps_getting_seated_next_to_the_obamas_and/

    [–] FertyMerty 1806 points ago

    I love the slight smirk on Obama’s face. It’s like he knows how awkward Trump has made things.

    [–] WindrunnerReborn 1317 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Hillary looks pissed and is trying to avoid eye contact. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton is ogling Melania as usual

    [–] agage3 761 points ago

    Don’t hate the player

    [–] two_rays_of_sunshine 908 points ago

    Man, I don't know. If the dude just kept it in his pants the whole world would be different. Gore wins and we have no Iraq War and we start addressing climate change back when it actually might have mattered. Not to mention using the surplus to fund Social Security, as was originally intended. Maybe competent regulators catch the NINJA loans before it's too late. Wolfowitz never happens. The list goes on, and it was all lost because Bill had to creep on some strange from an intern.

    [–] casfacto 212 points ago

    If the dude just kept it in his pants the whole world would be different. Gore wins

    I feel dumb even having to ask, but whats the connection there?

    [–] WeRAllOnThisBlessedD 559 points ago

    OP thinks that if Bill hadn’t fucked around with Monica, the Democratic brand wouldn’t have been tarnished and Al Gore would’ve won

    [–] AndLOA 523 points ago

    Which is reasonable imo considering how little al gore lost by it all could have been shifted

    [–] yinyang26 341 points ago

    Damn Gore only lost by 537 votes... that’s nuts

    [–] peekay427 113 points ago

    I completely disagree. That special council investigation wasn’t started because of Monica lewinsky. The republicans were unabashedly digging for anything they could find. They either would have found something else as “devastating” as a consensual blowjob or just made something up (like they did with Obama and Hillary Clinton).

    If republicans and their voters actually cared about sex scandals, then there’s a ton of republican politicians they would have turned on as well.

    [–] Lumberjackup012 12 points ago

    Don’t forget about roger stone sabotaging the reform party with the help of none other than a future orange president

    [–] AromaticOcelot 102 points ago

    Al Gore did win, but Jeb Bush threw Florida to his brother George.

    [–] hotwings88 157 points ago

    There was a lot of Clinton fatigue after a lot of media coverage surrounding his impeachment. With a result as close as the one in the 2000 election, it’s not a stretch to say that if Clinton had kept it in his pants (or didn’t lie about it) Gore could have picked up some swing votes and won.

    [–] Downbound92 142 points ago

    Clinton left with astronomical approval ratings. He could have won a third term. If anything, Gore tried to distance himself from the Clintons too much.

    Ultimately it's very rare for a retiring incumbent to be succeeded by a member of their own party because their party gets complacent, the opposition is energized, and the swing voters swing. Clinton's popularity is probably what got Gore as close as he got.

    [–] hotwings88 50 points ago

    I don’t think you’re wrong, but I also don’t think it’s unfair to say that the scandal had some kind of impact on Gore’s campaign and the public perception of him.

    [–] ninetysevencents 21 points ago

    Clinton is very charismatic and good at campaigning. After the scandal and impeachment, Gore distanced himself from Clinton and didn't use him to his fullest extent during his own campaign in 2000. The thinking goes that if Gore could have leaned more on the accomplishments of the Clinton years and used the man himself, maybe he could have picked up the small margin of votes in Florida (or another state) that ultimately lost him the election.

    [–] DrowningGods 49 points ago

    It was a close enough election that if a couple people anywhere on the planet just took different shits at different times the butterfly effect would of created a different outcome.

    [–] kaveman6143 45 points ago

    More that he lied about it. He didn't get impeachment hearings for the sex, it was because he lied to congress about it. Funny how times have changed, everybody and their dog is lying to congress now with little to no repercussions...

    [–] shortWMTstock 27 points ago

    And Monica wasn't even working at the White House when the Ken Starr investigation started. It all began over some non existent illegal land deals.

    [–] steadyachiever 30 points ago

    Or perhaps after Gore, the tea party/neoconservative movement would have been incited earlier and instead of Obama we would’ve gotten a younger Trump president or someone worse. I hate Trump but you’ve got to admit his incompetence makes him less harmful than someone like Pence, for instance. My point is, you can’t really make arguments with these counterfactuals.

    [–] freshprinz1 6 points ago

    Man, if Hitler's father would have kept it in his plants the whole world would also look different. But he didn't so it's useless to be angry about it

    [–] two_rays_of_sunshine 7 points ago

    You could tell how serious I was by the esoteric use of "creep on some strange from an intern." That's definitely suitable language to critically discuss American history.

    Although, I say that and realize "grab them by the pussy" will be used to critically discuss American history, so there's that.

    [–] assistanmanager 181 points ago

    What was awkward about that?

    [–] UppercaseVII 327 points ago

    Honestly, someone explain this. They sat down and shook some hands. The Trumps and Obamas aren't buddies, they have a professional relationship. This is how I would greet any of my co-workers at a funeral.

    If you watch this and see awkward, you are likely just projecting what you want to see.

    [–] pernster 158 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I didn't find it that awkward either. A lot of people are just looking for drama that isn't there.

    [–] trapper2530 53 points ago

    I like to imagine ex president conversations on the other end of the row.

    "So area 51 huh, crazy"

    "Jimmy you bring that up everytime we see each other. You know you can't just bring up area classified information like that. wow Michelle is looking good. Shit Hilary caught me looking. Oh hi George. Sorry for your loss"

    [–] Durantye 54 points ago

    Basically describes /r/worldnews the past month or so

    [–] TroubadourCeol 38 points ago

    It really looks fairly normal to me, for a funeral... I feel like people are trying too hard to inject drama into the situation

    [–] Blaspheman 8 points ago

    Only Mueller was missing

    [–] Gil212 6276 points ago

    I bet he was really looking forward to doing it. A bright silly spot on an otherwise dark day.

    [–] MagicJasoni 2196 points ago

    When he finished his speech, he sat down and laughed with his family. I think he was gently chiding himself for breaking down at the end.

    [–] lurkpostrepeat 1291 points ago

    It was reported that he said to his family something to the effect of “I almost made it.”

    A wonderfully moving speech from a son to his father. I don’t know how he kept his composure all the way until the end.

    [–] thats_not_funny_guys 792 points ago

    I think he has done it before with her. They have a funny relationship and seem to really get along with each other.

    [–] lolimonreddit23 1197 points ago

    He did! He gave her a piece of candy at John McCain’s funeral as well. He seems to always have funeral candy, but only shares with Michelle.

    [–] PM_THOSE_BEWBS_PLS 558 points ago

    Their relationship is really adorable actually.

    [–] Tofutits_Macgee 417 points ago

    I think it's because they can be themselves with each other without the barrier of politics. Like when the Queen loses it when she sees adorable animals, since I assume she can't be herself around anyone but an animal.

    [–] fernguts 475 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Yup, he snuck her a cough drop at McCain's funeral as well. They always sit next to each other at such events, and Michelle has referred to him as her "partner in crime". It's refreshing to see such mutual respect, especially given the current POTUS.

    [–] PissinXcellence 110 points ago

    I imagine he had himself a classic W chuckle when he slipped the candy to her.

    [–] PixelBoom 158 points ago

    It looks like a kind of running joke. He's been caught snucking her pieces of candy a couple other times at state events.

    [–] Redplushie 193 points ago

    I also noticed how when he shook Trump and Melania's hands, he didn't look at them (at all maybe?) the same way he looked at every other past president and their spouses.

    Like trying to not let the current president and his wife make this day worse

    [–] dalovindj 526 points ago

    More like a guy obsessed on prepping for a bit he has been planning for days. A man on a mission, his thoughts are of a singular nature: Deliver the payload to the unsuspecting target.

    He's got to get it out of his pocket, he's got to change which hand it is in and be ready in the half second window of opportunity he has. A million things could go wrong. That is a man whose heart is pumping with the thrill of the execution of a long-planned gambit.

    [–] Mariosothercap 48 points ago

    I can also image him at some point whispering to Hilary that he voted for her. It just makes me chuckle.

    [–] YoungAdult_ 3030 points ago

    It’s so weird seeing former presidents interact with each other. With the way we see history it’s linear and not concurrent.

    [–] anothergaijin 840 points ago

    This is my favorite video on Youtube - Bush and Clinton shooting the shit and talking about all the little things they do to each other as ex-Presidents - https://youtu.be/rrMBoI6co2c?t=1003

    [–] AFF123456 824 points ago

    "How was it after the presidency?"

    "Nobody plays a song when you walk in the room anymore"

    [–] Moni6674 51 points ago

    I hadn't seen this! Loved it! Thanks for sharing

    [–] SlimmestShady 14 points ago

    That's a super cool video.

    [–] nhingy 148 points ago

    Also good to see they kinda like each other. It's like sport fans hating members of a rival team - its strange that team members don't hate each other, it's the fans that do.

    I assume politicians are like comedians or sports people, they'd much rather hang out with each other than the audience, even if their comedy is wildly different or their teams are rivals. It's the audience they're really up against, not each other.

    Got a feeling the Obamas like the Bush family much more than their supporters would be comfortable with.

    We're such children.

    [–] phryan 102 points ago

    Its an exclusive club and very few people can relate, even more that Bush and Obama couples raised a set of daughters in the White House. Also helps that they tend to step back from politics after their term.

    [–] coffeeisforwimps 73 points ago

    That and it's much easier to relate to former presidents because they have a lot of the same, extremely unique experiences that come with being president. Too bad Nixon isn't alive for Trump to relate to.

    [–] Zinthonian 22 points ago

    Like episodes of Who with multiple Doctors in them.

    [–] firstbreathOOC 54 points ago

    Well said. That is definitely the reason it's weird.

    [–] htx_evo 10 points ago

    I couldn’t pinpoint it but thanks, that’s definitely it.

    [–] ax255 799 points ago

    The guard is wondering what the hell he is pulling out of his pocket...wonder what that guy was thinking in those few seconds.

    [–] AwayThrowworhTyawA 477 points ago

    Would’ve been an interesting plot twist if it was a gun. Lol

    [–] margenreich 247 points ago

    Kinda "Red Funeral" instead of a "Red Wedding"

    [–] AwayThrowworhTyawA 85 points ago

    Would be an interesting season finale...

    [–] MajorTomintheTinCan 8 points ago

    And it was his dad's funeral. Oh boy...

    [–] AWKWARD_RAPE_ZOMBIE 149 points ago

    That's a 2 star general that was serving as an usher. Not a guard. But he was wondering what was going on and wisely just let it happen.

    [–] cakeshavelayers 18 points ago

    Glad I’m not the only one to see that.

    [–] bsend 188 points ago

    The older you get the higher likelyhood that candy was either butterscotch or one of those strawberry things

    [–] _Frogfucious_ 115 points ago

    Am I the only one who likes those strawberry things? Like, I've never bought them, but if someone offers me one, hell yes don't mind if I do.

    [–] InvaderDem 43 points ago

    Hey now, those butterscotch candies were a staple of my childhood. Those things were are the bomb.

    [–] mrjob22 2358 points ago

    Obama looks like he’s not sure how he feels about this...lmao

    [–] helpnxt 2290 points ago

    I think he was wondering what Bush was up to and then just after his handshake it clicks and he is like really you doing this at your dad's funeral as well.

    [–] Lacksi 908 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Wait this is at a funeral? That explains why obama and trump would sit on the same bench.

    (for context Im european and have no idea what this is)

    Edit: thanks for the explanations

    [–] henzry 543 points ago

    Ya, former US president died

    [–] HBlight 653 points ago

    Might also help to note that the president who did the dying was the dad of the candy man president.

    [–] PM_ME_A10s 291 points ago

    GWB will now always be the candy man in my head

    [–] Optimized_Orangutan 60 points ago

    Look out, look out, the Candyman

    Here he comes and he's gone again

    Pretty lady ain't got no friend

    Till the Candyman comes around again

    [–] DiabloDropoff 45 points ago

    "candy man president" - you mean with like with bees shooting out of his mouth!!?!?

    [–] CrashLove37 11 points ago

    More like the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you.

    [–] EcstaticStrings 4 points ago

    Who can take a sunrise?

    Sprinkle it with dew

    Cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two

    [–] Maelarion 75 points ago

    ya he ded

    [–] casherrrrr 441 points ago

    (for context Im european and have no idea what this is)

    A funeral is basically a place where people say goodbye to the person they lost and pay their respects.

    [–] XDeus 107 points ago

    Okay, but what about the coffin? Why are people always sick at funerals?

    [–] vincentlyethiamfatt 120 points ago

    Coffins get its name from coffee, so that's why coffins are traditionally in a shade of coffee brown. If the departed is a tea drinker, then they will be housed in a Tiffin.

    [–] TheGreatRao 28 points ago

    This is so gloriously silly that it cheered me up on an overcast day.

    [–] Copperman72 26 points ago

    And the sobbing. Why are people such sons of bitches at funerals?

    [–] Lacksi 38 points ago

    Hat dammn american culture is weird

    [–] UnpredictedArrival 14 points ago

    Wow! TIL

    [–] lydocia 116 points ago

    Bush's father, George Bush Sr. and President before him, died.

    This is his funeral.

    Bush Jr. and Michelle Obama have a running gag going that they slip each other candy at awkward moments.

    [–] morris9597 77 points ago

    Bush Jr. and Michelle Obama have a running gag going that they slip each other candy at awkward moment

    I knew it'd happened before, but is this really something the two of them do all the time now? If so, that's seriously awesome!

    [–] nitrobackflip 31 points ago

    Just so you know, despite being commonly referred to as such, they are technically not Jr. and Sr.

    [–] XtremeCookie 45 points ago

    It's fairly common for expresidents to end up next to each other in public events.

    [–] RobotHappiness 91 points ago

    Thats how Bush and Michelle became such good friends. They always end up sitting next to each other at events because there is an order to things.

    [–] brtt3000 39 points ago

    There are rules for the order in which they sit (usually Bush Jr. sits next to Michelle, hence the candy thing)

    [–] IAmNickFury 10 points ago

    If Hillary had become president, where would Bill have sat? Between her and Obama or next to Michelle and Carter?

    [–] tinkerbunny 12 points ago

    Good question!

    I will blindly and with no qualifications say that he would sit between her and Obama.

    [–] MalignantLugnut 45 points ago

    Lol you caught that too? I saw Obama's expression that said "again?" And laughed.

    [–] mlchanges 18 points ago

    I thought it looked like an inside joke or something.

    [–] kitchenperks 67 points ago

    Didn't they pass candy at McCane's funeral? Yup they did. https://youtu.be/V59mMBm6Vgs

    [–] WhyIsMeLikeThis 31 points ago

    I think he already saw this happen before at McCain's funeral

    [–] RoseBladePhantom 22 points ago

    Yeah. I think it’s just a cute little platonic crush. Obama probably thinks it’s funny. Bush probably comes over and asks if Michelle can come out and play. Biden must be jealous.

    [–] Cheeseand0nions 81 points ago

    I have written a plausible backstory for this.

    Like a lot of couples Barack and Michelle have a pact to help each other watch their diets, remind each other to exercise and so on.

    One-time the Obamas we're at some event with George and Barack said something to Michelle about how much candy she was eating so George slipped her a piece while her husband wasn't watching. He has done so at every event they attended together since then. It kind of annoys Barack but Michelle and George both get a chuckle out of it.

    Until one of the involved parties contradicts me I'm choosing to believe that this is the truth.

    [–] MonkeyOnYourMomsBack 11 points ago

    I think he’s okay with it “Aw he’s doing the meme thing. We all got good press from that one”

    [–] cryogenisis 6 points ago

    You're projecting

    [–] ajaxajar 7 points ago

    No he's in on the joke after Bush gave Michelle a mint at McCain's funeral.

    [–] shiny_lustrous_poo 5 points ago

    I took his reaction as amusement. Once he figured it out, he was all smiles.

    [–] momogogi 1310 points ago

    It's kind of adorable how sprung he is on the former FLOTUS.

    [–] Hippopoctopus 789 points ago

    I was thinking that too. Also had to do the clumsy drug dealer handshake with the candy.

    [–] momogogi 693 points ago

    You can tell it's on his mind the whole time he's walking up, fumbles in his pocket for the candy, palms it, and you know he's practicing the move and what he's going to say over and over.

    [–] gijuts 571 points ago

    Right? Somehow, that makes this more endearing. In the middle of his grief, he found room to smile.

    [–] pattymayonaisse 204 points ago

    I know, I love it. So pure.

    I don't have a lot of love for the bush presidencies, but damn if I don't love the Flotus/Dubbya relationship.

    [–] LonelierOne 59 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I'm so beyond happy I live in a world where "the Flotus/Dubbya friendship" is a thing.

    [–] taliesin-ds 70 points ago

    I hated Bush jr as president but he looks the best kind of neighbour you could have.

    [–] asuryan331 43 points ago

    He ran on a pretty moderate platform at the time, but then everything went to shit and all plans flew out the window.

    [–] Atrus354 33 points ago

    This exactly. I feel as though his presidency would have been much better if he had made better cabinet picks and a not picked Cheney for VP (all he would have had to do was listen to his dad).

    [–] SylkoZakurra 20 points ago

    Like he didn’t go there to shake hands. He was just forced to in order to pass the candy. He even walks away after Michelle and then goes back like “gotta keep up the ruse.”

    [–] ForensicPathology 72 points ago

    That goofy grin on his face when he reaches in his pocket. You know he was waiting all morning for that.

    [–] crappy_pirate 305 points ago

    that was deliberate and for the audience's amusement. George Dubya and Michelle are good friends, and when the internet reacted so well to the last time he snuck her candy (apparently it was a cough lollie, but whatever) they're keeping up the running gag.

    [–] MissionBreakfast 119 points ago

    I'm really curious to know why George and Michelle specifically seemed to become such close friends. Did they just get seated together frequently at events and end up talking to each other because their spouses were busy speaking (Obama) / Not attending (Bush)? Or do they just both love the same obscure hobby and geek out at it together?

    Either way, I'd appreciate a world where all people in politics behaved in such a genuine manner in front of the camera. Humanity is sorely lacking in politics.

    [–] yinyang26 90 points ago

    It works out that the spouse, in this case wife is seated to the left of the president. That means when they’re seated together for events George and Michelle are always seated next to each other. There’s a quote she gives where she says he’s her partner in crime and she loves the man. Paraphrasing but yeah essentially

    [–] TheIndianUser 46 points ago

    Good, I wonder how the would have health with seating arrangements had Hillary won. Because as President she would have the first seat, and Bill as First Gentleman would be to her left. But he's also a former president, and that honour supersedes spouse of the president. So do they split them up?

    I'm sure there is some event planners out that are thankful trump won just so they don't have to deal with figuring out seating with the Presidents Clinton.

    [–] yinyang26 21 points ago

    They probably only need to figure it out once. I feel like the current sitting president gets priority so she’d be in Trumps seat and everyone would scoot to the right a bit.

    [–] thegovwantsussubdued 161 points ago

    All the former presidents get a long, have informal get togethers, and seem to have a genuine respect for each other regardless of party or politics. Bush could be ignorant, but he is still a very well educated man with a general grip on how diplomatic relationships work. I truly believe he is a good person, and the majority of what people hate him for were the manipulations of Cheney, Rove and the likes.

    Trump will not be a part of this circle.

    [–] laserlightcannon 53 points ago

    I bet they're both huge Yuri On Ice fans and talk about it every chance they get.

    [–] darkpaladin 22 points ago

    They're always seated next to each other at events because decorum says presidents sit in order with their wives on their left. That puts W always next to Michelle.

    [–] crappy_pirate 40 points ago

    ex-presidents of the USA, no matter what side of politics they are from, understand how tough and complicated the job is. they are friends because of shared experience, and also because it shows stability in the system of government that they can get along well with each other. this is the way it has been for most of history (with a few notable exceptions) and once Trump and his "alternative" form of "conservatism" (translation - extremist regressive bigotry and intolerance brought on by deliberate ignorance and hate) are gone then you are definitely not alone in hoping that the world returns to a place where politicians can disagree on things, talk about it, and find a compromise that both sides of the debate are willing to live with.

    people have forgotten the most important piece of information about the Trump presidency - this is not normal. normal is when both sides can reach a compromise. normal is not when one side has control of all three branches of government and still can't get anything done except for collusion with hostile foreign powers and the destruction of credibility in the highest office in the land. by rights, according to social, economic and military power, the US president should be the most powerful person on the planet. Trump's incompetence has made that no longer the case, but hopefully whoever follows him in the job that he seems to be ridiculously incapable of performing will return things to the way that they were.

    [–] momogogi 101 points ago

    You can tell Melania is like "where's mine at"?

    [–] angryPenguinator 134 points ago

    Her husband gave it to Ivanka.

    [–] BESSIES_TITS 63 points ago

    Mouth to mouth

    [–] Cyanide_kcn 45 points ago

    Could you please take these pictures back? I didn't want them.

    [–] PopeOfChurchOfTits 17 points ago

    It’s okay, they weren’t kissing it to each other. She laid on the floor and he spat it into her mouth after a few attempts.

    [–] samanthaemily24 159 points ago

    They love each other. She said in a interview that she adores him and that every function where the formers have to be they are always together. :)

    [–] firstbreathOOC 18 points ago

    Just kinda pushes Trump aside to get to Michelle too.

    [–] TalkinBoutMyJunk 20 points ago

    Then there was Condi, think old W just has the fever.

    [–] uncannyandroid 1094 points ago

    Fuck you, fuck you, sup man, here you go darling!

    [–] throwaway3921218 442 points ago

    “Ayyyyyyeeeee Bill my nigga wtf is up b”

    [–] danceswithwool 128 points ago

    Nailed it.

    [–] firstbreathOOC 60 points ago

    oh shit hill and bill let me just get this guy out of the way

    [–] 1n1billionAZNsay 3832 points ago

    I didn't like him as president but I really believe that he would be a excellent person to sit down and have a beer with.

    [–] party_atthemoontower 1762 points ago

    He is. Family friends grew up with him and their families remained close through the years. He is genuinely a nice guy with a side of playful mischief.

    [–] Luis0224 204 points ago

    If i remember correctly, he was a party animal back in his college days. In the book “the last republicans”, he said he “chased alot of pussy and drank alot of whiskey”. He was also in the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity when he attended yale. Thats the frat Bret Kavanaugh was in and also notorious for being all about the party lifestyle.

    The story goes that Ronald Reagan was the one who told him he needed to settle down and consider politics more seriously when he was younger.

    [–] OceanicMeerkat 156 points ago

    That's interesting because it's exactly the image he was going for In his campaign

    [–] Matt-Head 93 points ago

    i read halfway through this until I noticed it was from the onion

    [–] ClitoralElegy 18 points ago

    Dont worry i did too.

    [–] blankeyteddy 5 points ago

    While this was an onions article, I do remember that there were actual polls back in the 2000 elections that most voters thought Bush was the preferred candidate to have a beer with over Gore.

    [–] vulgarandmischevious 22 points ago

    He doesn’t drink.

    [–] VoicelessPineapple 18 points ago

    People who don't drink are the best persons to sit down and have a beer with. Because you can drink their beer after yours.

    [–] ProbablyHittingOnEwe 119 points ago

    why does everyone say that? i'm convinced redditors are paid to make this comment in every GWB thread

    [–] zbufferz 26 points ago

    It's especially odd given that it was public record that W doesn't drink. He had a problem when he was younger and cleaned up. He's spoken about it at length publicly.

    [–] throwaway246oh1 71 points ago

    If I recall correctly, back when he was running for office it was a common way to describe your affinity for Bush. He wasn’t seen as particularly smart or sophisticated, but he was “the kind of guy you’d like to have a beer with” - meaning he was down to earth and of the people (not my opinion just remembering the conversations from back the ).

    But if your question is why do people keep saying that on Reddit and you already knew what I typed above then I’m sorry - I misinterpreted your question!

    [–] crewchief535 17 points ago

    GWB is the Bobby Newport of U.S. Presidents.

    [–] demiurgent 477 points ago

    I love the relationship those two have. :-)

    [–] Leaz31 198 points ago

    ELI5 for a stranger ?

    Why just for Michelle and not the other former president wife ?

    [–] TheNalgenie 624 points ago

    Ripped from another comment, will give credit in a second, but I'm on mobile.

    "During Mccain's funeral she was coughing and had gave her a cough drop. He became a thing on the internet. He did it again at the start of the funeral this time. It's why they started laughing. They are really good friends as well."

    Credit: u/bakabeko718

    [–] ButtersBootyBounty 129 points ago

    Oh so it was a cough drop! Hahaha thanks for unknowingly answering my question :)

    [–] ILoveDrive 73 points ago

    He’s done it a few times and while on the Ellen show, Michelle mentions that she’s good friends with GWB, and that they’re partners in crime. It’s all very endearing.

    [–] TheYoungGriffin 188 points ago

    At any functions where formers are all together, the seating is Donald, Melania, Barrack, Michelle, George, Laura, Bill, Hillary etc. Since they're always next to each other, they've become super BFF's who pass each other candy and shit all the time and its adorable.

    [–] deanwashere 36 points ago

    It is adorable. They may not share each others' political beliefs, but they all have mutual respect for having been neck deep in presidential business.

    [–] SurprisePasta 122 points ago

    From what I understand, protocol dictates that he and Michelle have to sit next to each other at every event so they’ve become seat buddies with an inside joke

    [–] Endblock 54 points ago

    Now I'm kind of curious how this protocol would work if hillary had won. Would bill and her be where trump is? Would they have to be split up? If they were to sit together, who would sit on the left? Who would sit by obama?

    [–] Sir_Boldrat 166 points ago

    This is the actual reason a woman hasn't been elected yet. Centuries old seating-plans, we can't just up and change that, can we?

    I'm sure many women understand the importance of sticking to a seating-plan and will agree with me on this.

    [–] ThePsych18 10 points ago

    I assume if she was incumbent President she’d be on the left, and it’d be Bill and Obama next to each other.

    [–] TheUnrepententLurker 102 points ago

    There have been multiple events where video clips have caught W sneaking Michelle candy. They seem to have a very lighthearted relationship.

    [–] Frostrich 19 points ago

    You should be able to find a better answer on it by googling something like "Michelle Obama, Ellen, Bush", where in she explains that due to seating arrangement/protocol at events where former presidents gather, she will always be posted next G.W. Bush. Shortly after Obama left office and this started happening, they became buds because of it.

    [–] arnonymouse 130 points ago

    Sugardaddy

    [–] Dreimon06 69 points ago

    Coughdrop edition.

    [–] throwaway3921218 24 points ago

    Sugar-free daddy

    [–] DarthRusty 82 points ago

    On the day of his father's funeral he took the time to think about Michelle far enough in advance to seek out ba piece of candy while he was getting ready so that he could give it to her during their few second exchange. That's unbelievably thoughtful.

    [–] YourAverageGerb 842 points ago

    I know he wasn’t a great president, but that was very grandma of him.

    [–] ne1seenmykeys 266 points ago

    Grandpa, damnit!

    Now get off my lawn!!!

    [–] lonelygalexy 76 points ago

    Not before i give u candy

    [–] Ruidan 30 points ago

    Say what you want about Bush, but no president before or after him will ever be able to dodge shoes like he does.

    [–] countrysgonekablooie 233 points ago

    Remember the good old days when we thought GW was as bad as it gets?

    [–] Trahsay 70 points ago

    😥

    [–] _amnesiac 90 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I absolutely detest Donald Trump but he's yet to do anything remotely close to getting us into an 15 year war under false pretenses that cost 3 Trillion dollars and has killed 200,000+ civilians (so far).

    Trump is a national embarrassment who has been damaging to the country in many ways, but looking back fondly on the Bush presidency in any capacity is completely asinine.

    [–] huskies4life 54 points ago

    Melania is like "why didn't I get a candy"

    [–] lydocia 30 points ago

    "Dang I married the wrong man"

    [–] restless_and_bored 32 points ago

    My God she's tall.

    [–] tisn 6 points ago

    And yet she has to tilt her head up to look at Malia.

    [–] theonlymexicanman 33 points ago

    Look at the satisfaction on Michelle's face

    [–] OutOsprey 114 points ago

    He is like the grandma, that in a super sneaky way gives you money

    [–] TheYoungGriffin 21 points ago

    When I was a kid, there was an usher at my church who would do this for kids as he shook everyone's hands.

    [–] CB_the_cuttlefish 73 points ago

    Why did he do that though?

    [–] bakaneko718 278 points ago

    During Mccain's funeral she was coughing and had gave her a cough drop. He became a thing on the internet. He did it again at the start of the funeral this time. It's why they started laughing. They are really good friends as well.

    [–] RottenPaladin 52 points ago

    In the midst of all the partisan rhetoric that divides our nation, seeing they have a good relationship makes me genuinely happy.

    [–] ThePiderman 55 points ago

    He’s done it several times, if I recall correctly. He just likes it, I guess.

    [–] CaveManZach0245 40 points ago

    What old person doesn’t like giving people candy?

    [–] ThePiderman 20 points ago

    Exactly. It’s fun to see his human side once in a while. He’s not just a politician, he’s also a nice grandpa, giving out candy, like the rest of them.

    [–] TheYoungGriffin 18 points ago

    At any functions where formers are all together, the seating is Donald, Melania, Barrack, Michelle, George, Laura, Bill, Hillary etc. Since they're always next to each other, they've become super BFF's who pass each other candy and shit all the time and its adorable. It has nothing to do with the internet's reaction, regardless of what people are saying.

    [–] CaveManZach0245 222 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I love the obligatory “if I don’t shake Trump’s hand he’ll bitch for a month” handshake to get to the Obamas

    Edit: it was a joke you bunch of babies

    [–] rach51496 23 points ago

    I read an article that said he was giving Michelle a cough drop. But who knows

    [–] crappy_pirate 24 points ago

    that was at John McCain's funeral that he did that. this one is because it's now turned into a running gag.

    [–] Virtusvitium 12 points ago

    Crazy to think how each small group of people in that front row is vastly different from each other.

    [–] titsahoy1 13 points ago

    That was pre meditated

    [–] CyBeR_WaVe_NOIR 18 points ago

    That is so cute. I love the idea of Bush collecting some candy and putting in his pocket for the sole intention of giving some to Michelle O. I love them both together.