Former President Bill Clinton’s speech at a hurricane relief benefit concert in Texas has gone viral for an unintentional reason.
Cameras couldn’t help but catch the brilliant moment that two former presidents behind Clinton got a serious case of the giggles.
W cracking a joke to Obama while Clinton gives a speech is me in middle school pic.twitter.com/Sw6uQwXRcf
— Justin Taylor (@TheSmarmyBum) October 22, 2017
At the “Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal” event at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Station, Clinton spoke about the serious topic of aid and relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. As he discussed rebuilding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and on the importance of ongoing support for communities devastated by the storms, a scene unfolded behind him.
Former President George W. Bush leaned over to his successor, former President Barack Obama and said something the two found quite funny. In fact, Bush’s sly smile and Obama’s open chuckle played out for cameras as they both tried to contain their snickers while Clinton spoke.
Also on stage at the time were former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.
— Chet Powell (@ChetPowell) October 22, 2017
The elder Bush displayed his own sense of humor in a tweet Monday following up on the concert.
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) October 23, 2017
Lady Gaga had made an unbilled appearance at the fundraiser which was hosted by country music singer Lee Greenwood and featured rock and country musicians including Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore and Yolanda Adams.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 22, 2017
President Trump was not able to join the rare joint appearance by all five living former US presidents, but he did send a taped message.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 21, 2017
“To Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Melania and I want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance,” Trump said in the message. “This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another.”
When American politics appears divided, the friendship between the Obama and Bush families shows how civility can overcome partisanship pic.twitter.com/PW9hRtqCQ4
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) October 23, 2017
Though it has not been revealed what the inside joke was between Bush and Obama at the concert, the internet reaction has been a simple appreciation for how the men, despite their political differences, could have fun together. Of course, late night television was full of speculation about what was actually said.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 24, 2017
Tonight at 11/10c, what did President Bush say to give President Obama the giggles? pic.twitter.com/sAZzfcW3C9
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 24, 2017
Twitter users offered theories about the joke and thanks for a well-deserved laugh.
I think most of Americans needed those ten secs of smiles and giggles from our honorable Presidents. I know I did.
— MG (@Ladybugs444) October 23, 2017
Bush pulling a dad move, cracking a joke to Obama during Clinton’s speech, and glancing repeatedly to see his reaction. pic.twitter.com/Y3dLIkQUAn
— Classic Dad Moves (@ClassicDadMoves) October 22, 2017
Probably making fun of Clinton’s froggy voice! ?
— Elizabeth Rydan (@elizabeth_rydan) October 23, 2017
This is gold
— … (@OfficialSwitz) October 23, 2017
W was about to put rabbit ears on Clinton!
— Joan Archer (@joanandpoodles) October 23, 2017
Watch this again and noticed Bill just threw down the word “calamitous” So I assume W told BO I could never drop that word without fumbling
— Dad (@ce_dad) October 23, 2017
This is the cutest “catch” I’ve seen. Makes me so happy to see former presidents enjoying each other’s company, having fun!
— Camille Gray (@jcamillegray) October 24, 2017
That look on W’s face when he’s trying not to laugh!
— Adam Rasmussen (@Chrysologus) October 23, 2017
Bush’s reaction after he gets Obama to laugh at his joke is the ultimate post dad joke face pic.twitter.com/lH7o3EuMCw
— spOooOoky steph ? (@__stephandstuff) October 23, 2017
He asked him was he stumping for Hillary as a joke, and Obama burst out laughing “it was!”
— 100% Real (@MPA2000) October 24, 2017
We can’t even do what Bush Sr said…”read my lips”!
— AxeGrrl (@Axe_Grrl) October 23, 2017
Watching George W. Bush making Obama laugh while Clinton speaks is a great way to end your Sunday pic.twitter.com/Jn94lhkX2L
— Barstool News (BNN) (@BarstoolNewsN) October 23, 2017
If this doesn’t make you smile you are likely a partisan, and perhaps not enjoying life as much as you should
— Eldredge Bermingham (@FrostScienceEB) October 23, 2017
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