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First lady Michelle Obama hugs former president George W. Bush as they and their spouses President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush arrive at the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Sept. 24, 2016. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

All class

Another reason we just can’t get enough Michelle Obama in our lives

By WITW Staff on September 26, 2016

Over the weekend, a photo shot during the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. of Michelle Obama and George W. Bush hugging absolutely tore up the internet. In a fleeting moment that was captured as all eyes were on the two first couples, the two shared a warm embrace. Some dubbed it the “hug felt around the country.”

For anyone keeping score at home, it’s just the latest reason first lady Michelle Obama is such a lovable figure. No matter what she does, she always seems to elevate the level of class with her unparalleled grace. A few of our other favorite non-partisan Michelle O moments include that time she sang a Beyonce song with James Corden for “carpool karaoke,” later joined by Missy Elliott, the time she and President Obama held a little dance party at the White House for 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin, or when she held a special summit aimed at achieving gender equality, or when she and George W. Bush held hands and (sort of) awkwardly danced during a memorial for fallen police officers in Dallas.

You certainly could attribute these memorable moments to Obama’s unquestionable grace and warmth as a person. But an article in The New York Times wonders if, during these polarizing political times, something more is at play … something that, in a way, has become quaint.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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