Over the weekend, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was opened in Washington, D.C., and both the Bush and Obama family were in attendance for the historic moment.
Former President George W. Bush was joined by Barack Obama, and the two officially dedicated the museum together in a lighthearted and fun event that saw both families put politics aside and enjoy the moment together as Americans. However, one incident in particular has caught a lot of attention across the web, and while most people see it as an awesome moment between two presidents, there’s undoubtedly going to be social justice warriors who perceive it as racist.
Towards the end of the ceremony, President Bush was attempting to take a selfie with a black family that was in attendance when he noticed a young girl standing with them wouldn’t make it into the frame. Apparently not thinking anything of it, he casually turned and tapped Obama on the back and had him snap the photo.
The endearing moment was caught on video:
Pretty cool isn’t it? Reactions were mixed, but most people saw it as the two just having a little fun, politics aside.
— Kevin Godwin (@hawkeyegoob) September 24, 2016
— Adriana Rodriguez (@adyzim) 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
@npa222 George was definitely NOT racist
— ernest lamonica (@ErnestLamonica) September 24, 2016
Later on, Bush posted the photo online with a caption that reminds us all that regardless if you agree with his policies or not, Bush is still a class act.
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