The Bush and Clinton families, though political rivals, have shared a friendship dating back years

By Adam Carlson
February 19, 2019 04:05 PM
From left: Barbara Bush and President George H. W. Bush with Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton
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Former President Bill Clinton shared a sweet throwback image in honor of his predecessor for President’s Day — and the gesture wasn’t missed by Jenna Bush Hager.

Clinton, 72, first shared a photo of him and wife Hillary Clinton walking with Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush. The 42nd president captioned his tweet, “Remembering my dear friends this #PresidentsDay.”

Hager, 37, seconded the sentiment about her grandparents, retweeting the photo with her own caption. “Me too,” the Today host wrote, adding a heart emoji.

Hillary also commemorated President’s Day with gratitude for her bonds with other first families, sharing a photo on Instagram of her husband with former President Barack Obama, former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Michelle Obama. “Happy Presidents’ Day!” she wrote.

The Bush and Clinton families, though political rivals, have shared a friendship dating back years. In a letter left for his successor after losing the 1992 presidential election, Bush harbored no ill will.

“Dear Bill,” his letter began. “When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too. I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.”

According to The Atlantic, Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, authors of The Presidents Club, wrote that “no relationship is quite like the bond between George H.W. Bush and the man who defeated him in 1992.”

“Bush would go so far as to suggest more than once that he might be the father that Clinton had always lacked — a notion that the younger man did not dispute,” Gibbs and Duffy wrote.

After Bush died last fall, only months after his wife, Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, shared a photo from the first time they met.

She wrote then: “Loved finding this photo over the weekend of my first time meeting President George H.W. Bush. I remember his kindness toward me and my parents gently point out he was both kind & good enough to direct me to the restroom! I’m very grateful for the friendship our families share.”

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