Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were caught sharing a joke while former President Bill Clinton gave a speech.
The incident occurred during the Oct. 21 hurricane fundraiser in College Station, Texas, reports the Daily Mail. The fundraiser was for the One America Appeal Campaign for Hurricane Recovery, which was announced on Sept. 7 in a press release issued by George H. W. Bush's office, which is posted on the website of The Carter Center, ABC News reported. It was launched by the five former living United States presidents who were "inspired to come together to lend their support to the people and communities affected and to the first responders, organizations, volunteers and neighbors who have been providing assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey."
Although initially focused on Hurricane Harvey, the One America Appeal was expanded to also encompass Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean before landing in Florida.
While Clinton spoke at the Oct. 21 fundraiser, George W. appeared to whisper something to Obama behind Clinton's back, and Obama responded to with a big grin. As the two former presidents joked, Clinton encouraged the audience to "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."
Social media users were quick to comment on the scene and one commenter compared Bush and Obama to school kids.
"W cracking a joke to Obama while Clinton gives a speech is me in middle school," the tweeter said.
Another humorously compared it to being in church: "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."
Whatever obviously humorous thing George W. said to Obama, it was clearly in contrast to the obligatory platitudes that were delivered by each former president from the lectern. Carter was the first to address the audience, touting Americans' volunteerism while urging the public to donate to Habitat for Humanity, an organization that helps build homes for the poor.
Obama's speech, in which he said the storms brought out the best in America, received the loudest ovation from the audience. He also praised George H. W. Bush, calling him "an outstanding American, somebody who has always shown grace and character and courage and served America nobly throughout the years." He continued, "We are so proud to be here with him today. He sets an example for all of us, as does First Lady Barbara Bush."
George W. spoke briefly about his father, who appeared at the event in a wheelchair and received a standing ovation from the crowd. President Donald Trump did not appear in person, but did record a video greeting that was played at the event, in which he referred to his presidential predecessors as "some of America's finest public servants."
It was the first time the five ex-presidents were in the same room since 2013, when they were all present in Dallas for the dedication of George W.'s presidential library.