Michelle Obama loves all and is loved by all. So, when the FLOTUS hugged former US president George W Bush at the opening of the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Internet just lost it and we’re not surprised.
A photograph of Obama hugging Bush, as the latter leans into the First Lady has gone viral on social media platforms. The event transpired when Bush was the featured speaker at the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s first national museum about African-American history at Washington, DC. The ex-President had played a part in the making of the museum, and was there along with former president Bill Clinton.
Both Obama and Bush addressed the gathering. “A great nation does not hide its history… It faces its flaws, and corrects them,” Bush is reported to have said. Obama spoke at length about the importance and relevance of Black history. “Over the years, I’ve always been comforted as I’ve watched this museum rise from this earth into this remarkable tribute. Because I know that years from now, like all of you, Michelle and I will be able to come here to this museum, and not just bring our kids but hopefully our grandkids. I imagine holding a little hand of somebody and tell them the stories that are enshrined here,” Obama said.
The museum holds more than 3,000 artefacts – with many contributed from ordinary Americans from across the country. There are also tens of thousands of other artefacts which have been contributed which could be rotated later into exhibition space.
There is also an exhibition focusing on the fight against segregation, which discusses the era from end of Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement. A separate section examines the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power era of the 1960s and 1970s and other activism remembering many activists, including Dr Martin Luther King.
And, though, there is no denying the sociological importance of this museum, it cannot be denied that at least for the first couple of days, it was this image that made more news than anything else.
Here’s a video of the hug:
America: already pretty great. https://t.co/NkoPztQr0S
— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) September 24, 2016
Here’s what Netizens across social media sites had to say:
— Alicia Shockness (@AliShock0917) September 24, 2016
— real facade (@realfacade1) September 24, 2016
We’re gonna be OK, you guys. WE’RE GONNA BE OK:https://t.co/2PPofb3DNN
— Kris Kanthak (@kramtrak) September 24, 2016
Michelle reminds George Bush of all the women his parents paid to raise him. pic.twitter.com/3botIJ5ivG
— Rod (@rodimusprime) September 25, 2016
america needs these pictures rn pic.twitter.com/kqgTnnTRI1
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 24, 2016
I think Laura Bush and Michelle Obama have made a pact to always sit George W. Bush between them at national events…
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) September 24, 2016
— Laura Hillary/Kaine (@Myvote4hillyes) September 24, 2016
And then the Redditors got in on the action, and did their own spin with photoshop battles. Take a dekko:
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