Obama made the comment during a recent interview with Bush’s daughter, Jenna bush Hager.
Michelle Obama is facing criticism for defending her friendship with George W. Bush.
Bush’s daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, recently spoke with Obama on the Today show, where the former brought up criticism Ellen DeGeneres faced for sitting next to Bush during a football game in October.
“Your husband recently talked about the dangers of cancel culture. What do you say to people that want to be closer with each other?’ Hager asks Obama as she then proceeds to talk about her own friendship with Hager’s father.
Watch part two of @MichelleObama’s interview with @jennabushhager about dropping her youngest daughter off at college, the 2020 election and her special friendship with former President George W. Bush. pic.twitter.com/wz9ZBAtpG6
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 10, 2019
“I had an opportunity to sit by your father at funerals, the highs and the lows, and we shared stories about our kids and about our parents,” Obama said.
“Our values are the same,” she continued. “We disagree on policy, but we don’t disagree on humanity, we don’t disagree about love and compassion. I think that’s true for all of us — it’s just that we get lost in our fear of what’s different.”
Since then, the former FLOTUS has faced criticism for her comments.
Policy decisions have everything to do with people’s values & their views on humanity, love, & compassion. What Michelle Obama is expressing here tells us that she values interpersonal relationships with elites more than millions of people’s lives. https://t.co/OM1HPJkgWA
— Ben Spielberg (@BenSpielberg) December 12, 2019
When Michelle Obama tells you who she is, believe her. https://t.co/BAIF6zNJIl
— Your Woke Aunty (@YasminYonis) December 11, 2019
THIS IS NOT IT, @MichelleObama. Why are you trying to rehabilitate a war criminal?
"'Our values are the same,' she said of herself and President Bush."
Really?? You share the values of a man who lied to start a war that destroyed the lives of millions?https://t.co/wrOY1T9cyM
— Leela Daou (@leeladaou) December 11, 2019
“This idea of purity and that you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke — you should get over that quickly. The world is messy,” he said. “There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.”