Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

The Hug Felt Around The Country: Michelle Obama, George W. Bush Embrace at Museum Opening

by Christina Coleburn /  / Updated 
Image: Michelle Obama, George W. Bush
First lady Michelle Obama hugs former President George W. Bush during the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

First lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush shared a warm hug on Saturday while attending a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush also leaned into the embrace, and the two couples smiled in a moment of bipartisanship.

Image: African American Museum Opening in DC
First lady Michelle Obama (C-R) hugs former President George W. Bush (C-L) while President Barack Obama (R) and former First Lady Laura Bush (L) look on at the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., September 2016.JIM LO SCALZO / EPA

Related: Obama Dedicates Smithsonian's 'Glorious' New African-American Museum

Social media users took notice of the embrace, and the moment went viral on social media.

The NMAAHC is the 19th addition to the Smithsonian network of museums. It is the first national museum that is exclusively devoted to presenting the vibrant culture and history of African-Americans.

Legislation for the NMAAHC was first sanctioned by Bush in 2003. Obama said on Saturday that the museum's opening was "an act of patriotism" that tells "a richer and fuller story of who we are."

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news