It’s always newsworthy when two U.S. presidents attend a public event together and the official opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was no exception.
Former President George W. Bush joined with President Barack Obama, who officially dedicated the museum Saturday morning and a rather lighthearted moment was captured on camera after the opening ceremonies when Bush enlisted the help of the current president in taking a selfie with some attendees.
The woman posing with him was initially holding the camera phone, but Bush noticed that a young girl present was not in the frame and took the device from the woman and was trying to include the child in the photo.
And that’s when he noticed Obama nearby glad-handing with the folks and with a presidential tap in the back, Bush put the 44th president of the United States to work.
— CNN (@CNN) September 24, 2016
While some might say that’s typical George W. Bush, who has always had a casual demeanor, in the post-racial era of Barack Obama, there are going to be the prerequisite charges of racism.
But Bush probably had another thought in mind, as one social media user noted: “Here – make yourself useful.”
Either way, the reaction on the internet to the incident shows that while some Americans can still have a little fun, too many of us takes things way too serious.
— Kevin Godwin (@hawkeyegoob) September 24, 2016
@internet_dad69 I find it amusing Bush casually taps Obama like he was some regular joe on the street & asks him to take their picture.
— Courtney (@cctexasgirl) September 24, 2016
@npa222 Same people magazine article BO said was mistaken as a waiter by white man at a fancy event bc wearing a black tux. Cried Racism.
— Truth is Audacity (@Mdemouy) September 24, 2016
— Adriana Rodriguez (@adyzim) September 24, 2016
@npa222 George was definitely NOT racist
— ernest lamonica (@ErnestLamonica) September 24, 2016
— John Wright (@johwri) September 24, 2016
— Hatge (@hatge) September 24, 2016
.@npa222 That’s pretty good when a 2x President W. Bush, Repub; can get a x2 President Obama, Dem to take a photo FOR him! There’s hope ppl!
— Devil’s Advocate (@GentryTrotter) September 24, 2016
@npa222 – Only GWB would tap the POTUS on the back like that, as if they were long time buddies. Something funny and endearing about it.
— Amy Mullen (@MinnowSF) September 24, 2016
Bush later posted a photo capturing the endearing moment on Instagram, thanking Obama for taking the photo:
Thanks for taking our photo with the Bonner family, Mr. President. A great Nation does not hide its history; it faces its flaws and corrects them. The @nmaahc tells the truth: that a country founded on the promise of liberty held millions in chains…that the price of our Union was America’s original sin. I was honored to sign the bill authorizing the construction of this national treasure. And I am pleased it now stands where it has always belonged: on the National Mall. ?: @petesouza/@whitehouse #thanksobama
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