Saturday’s dedication event at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture was a special moment that marked an end to years of frustrations for African Americans and highlighted the coming together of several contrasting political figures. Speeches from the day, including the stirring closer from President Obama, highlighted the importance of the museum and former president George W. Bush summed it up during his moment on stage according to The Hill:
“A great nation does not hide its history,” Bush said. “It faces its flaws, and corrects them.”
Bush signed the bill authorizing the museum in 2003, following a long battle to approve the site throughout the ’70s and ’80s. It was indeed a moment that earned a sigh of relief from many, but it also carried something else for onlookers to grab to and obsess over according to CNN:
Over the past eight years, former President George W. Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama have been seen becoming increasingly chummy. At public events, the two can often be found sitting next to each other, sharing a laugh or lending a hand to hold.
Saturday’s ceremony was no exception. During the event, Obama reached over and grabbed Bush into a hug as their spouses clapped and looked on.