George W. Bush is just full of surprises these days.
POTUS 43 has reemerged into the spotlight (in a much more favorable way than he left it) in order to promote his first book of art (that he painted!) Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors. In new interviews this week, the former politician shares his thoughts on Donald Trump's war on the media, Vladimir Putin, and his friendship with Michelle Obama.
Let's start with everyone's favorite: Michelle.
Speaking to People, the 70-year-old argued it's not so crazy people from two different administrations and different political parties can be pals.
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He said of the several photographs of them together at various events:
"She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like. I can't remember where else I've sat next to her, but I probably have a few wise cracks and she seemed to like it okay. I needle her a little bit and around her, I'm fairly lighthearted. [The Obamas] are around serious people all the time and we just took to each other. When I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection."
Speaking of Barack Obama's wife, Dubya appeared on Ellen on Thursday, where he said the FLOTUS could have at least offered some of her umbrella during that whole poncho debacle at Drumpf's inauguration: