In a tense election year, Laura Bush picks an interesting ally: Michelle Obama

But who was hanging out with in Washington this week? Some establishment Republicans on Capitol Hill in need of a reelection boost? Or the fundraisers trying to bolster the party’s control of Congress?


Nope. was here for an appearance with none other than Michelle Obama. They were sharing a stage to promote one of the most nonpartisan of issues — their work on behalf of military families — in their fourth event together in recent years.


At the National Archives on Friday morning for an American University conference on the service of the nation’s first ladies, Obama and Bush bantered as old friends do. They discussed their shared experiences worrying over military veterans and their families while their husbands serve as commander in chief, raising daughters and being part of the small club of presidential spouses.


“The fact is, you really have a podium always. I mean, people still listen to Barbara Bush. Don’t you think?” Laura Bush said, referring to her formidable mother-in-law. “I certainly do!”


For months now, most of her family — in a drastic break with tradition — has been resolutely quiet on the 2016 presidential race. The Bushes have been at the forefront of Republican politics for nearly four decades, but after Jeb Bush dropped out of the GOP nomination race, they have declined to endorse Donald Trump and mostly stayed out of the news.



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