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Hug Felt 'Round the World Goes Viral

'Unlikely friends' George W. Bush, Michelle Obama photographed in embrace
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2016 2:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – A reunion of "two unlikely friends" happened Saturday during the dedication of DC's National Museum of African American History and Culture, per CNN—and the photo of Michelle Obama's embrace of George W. Bush has now become a "powerful image … for the ages," notes Quartz. CNN notes that the two have become "increasingly chummy" throughout President Obama's tenure, often sitting next to each other at events and even holding hands at a July memorial service for the slain Dallas police officers.

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Reaction to the photo taken by former White House photographer David Hume Kennerly has made its way onto social media, per Mediaite, with one commenter noting: "This is what America is! we disagree but we don't hate!" Of course, others had to show off their Photoshop skills and make a meme out of the photo, which has now produced variations that include Obama hugging soon-to-be-single Brad Pitt, Donald Trump, and an actual bush; the Huffington Post has compiled its favorites. (Read more Michelle Obama stories.)

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