Former US President George W. Bush receives a hug from US First Lady Michelle Obama as they attend the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
George W. Bush, Michelle Obama unlikely duo
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Bush opened up about his fondness for Michelle Obama

The pair are often seated together at events

Washington CNN  — 

Former President George W. Bush and Michelle Obama are surprisingly close considering their political differences, and the 43rd president credits the former first lady’s appreciation for his sense of humor as a key reason.

The unlikely pair have often been photographed together during formal events. When Obama embraced Bush at the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture last September, the photo of their warm interaction went viral.

George Bush returns to the political scene

“When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection,” Bush told People magazine as he reflected on the moment. The interview was posted on Wednesday.

Former first lady Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush, first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama attend the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016, in Washington.

The former President is back in the public eye to promote his new book, “Portraits of Courage,” a volume of his paintings of military veterans.