George W Bush shared a joke with Barack Obama while Bill Clinton was speaking at a hurricane fundraiser.
The mischievous 43rd president smiled and appeared to whisper something to Obama behind Bill Clinton’s back at the Saturday night fundraiser in College Station, Texas for areas ravaged by 2017’s hurricanes.
Obama gives a hearty open-mouthed grin, while Bush smirks at the One America Appeal Campaign for Hurricane Recovery.
Clinton was saying at the time of the joke: ‘But can be a new beginning if we just do what we oughta do and prove that the heart of America without regard to race or religion or political party is greater than our problems.’
This is followed by much applause from the audience and the two jolly former presidents.
One tweeter wrote: ‘W cracking a joke to Obama while Clinton gives a speech is me in middle school.’
Another said: ‘They look like brothers cracking jokes in church while the priest is giving a sermon. My mom would have kicked my a**, and then prayed.’
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George HW and George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama gathered to raise money for the areas ravaged by the latest hurricanes at the fundraiser.
The former Commanders-in-Chief heaped praise on each other despite their political differences and called for unity and bipartisanship in tackling the issues facing areas trying to recover in the southeastern US as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
However, one man was notably absent from the gathering – the sitting president Donald Trump. It is unclear whether Trump was invited to the event but he did not take to the stage and instead recorded a short video message that was shown earlier in the evening. In it Trump praised the work of his predecessors he called some of America’s finest public servants.
None of the other politicians addressed Trump in their speeches – and did not mention him altogether.
It comes after George W Bush caused a stir with his comments targeting Trumpism. He was joined on stage with his father George H W, who at 93 appeared in a wheelchair at the event.
Carter was the first to address the audience. He touted Americans’ volunteerism while urging the public to donate to Habitat for Humanity, an organization that helps build homes for the poor.
Clinton also addressed the crowd, praising his predecessor in the Oval Office, George HW Bush.