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Retired Bipartisanship

Bipartisanship may be dead in Congress, but it might still be clinging on to life among some retired political figures.

Remember the video that surfaced from John McCain’s funeral, showing George W Bush passing something to Michelle Obama? It was a sweet video, but it is even better than that.

Michelle Obama appeared on the Today show on Thursday, and explained that because of protocol she and former president Bush are “forever seat mates” at official events.

I didn’t realize at the time that anybody noticed what we were doing… That’s how we sit at all the official functions, so he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather… I love him to death.

Obama also revealed that the object Bush passed to her was a cough drop, and a very old one at that:

That’s the funny thing, because they were in the little White House box, and I was like, ‘How long have you had these?’ And he said, ‘A long time, we got a lot of these.’

I admire people who respect others and get along with them, even if they are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. We need more people – and politicians – like that.

Also published on Medium.



  1. PatriotSGT wrote:

    And in keeping with that note of common sense vs partisanship, the former First Lady,

    Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  2. PatriotSGT wrote:

    If WE do not call out those who are uncivil then we are aiding, abetting and supporting them. Groups like Antifa need to be called out as terrorists just like pro life terrorist who bomb abortion clinics.

    If we don’t then who will.

    Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m not sure how you twisted this post about treating everyone with respect into calling for more groups to be labeled “terrorists”, but I think you missed the point. Have you been watching too much Fox News again?

    Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  4. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Yeah, I kinda walked all over your idea. I’ll go take a basic reading refresher course and have a coffee 🙂

    As to the FN comment, no I actually don’t watch any mainstream news. I’d prefer to make my own conclusions, without being told what to think. I hope your not watching too much MSNBC or CNN again? Although I do/did like Anthony Bourdain’s “parts unknown” series on CNN.

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 6:50 am | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    I don’t even own a TV anymore, so I get all my news from the internet. Of course, that might be even worse!

    My major sources on the internet are,,,, and In particular, Politico has long been considered conservative so you might enjoy them (and they never drank the Trump koolaid).

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  6. Greg wrote:

    Bipartisanship begins at home. And they’re certainly not having any of that in the house at 1600 Pa. Ave.

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Thanks for the images, Greg. I already used one of them!

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink
  8. Mad Hatter wrote:

    Come on…let’s be honest with ourselves. As long as we essentially only have two overbearing political parties, we will never really have bipartisanship routinely practiced. Especially with our primary system of determining the candidates representing the parties.

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  9. PatriotSGT wrote:

    True Mad Hatter.

    The first responsibility of any newly elected politician is … to get re-elected.

    At any and all cost.

    At least that’s what the freshman in DC are taught.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
  10. Hassan wrote:

    “Operation normalization and humanization of GWB successful” ~ Trump

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8:48 pm | Permalink
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