America fell in love again with George and Barbara Bush last night as they emerged from a tunnel at the Super Bowl to deliver a heartwarming coin toss. The moment was particularly touching due to reports of the Bushes’ recent health struggles.
George even had a tear in his eye as the couple was wheeled out to the 50-yard line while uproarious cheers filled the stadium.
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What tens of millions watching on television did not get to see was what America’s most adorable couple was doing behind-the-scenes before the toss.
Thanks to photos from a source, who wishes to remain anonymous, we can see how the couple behaved while waiting in the tunnel before being brought out onto the field. In their private moment of preparation, they behaved exactly as you would expect…
They held hands.Image Credit: Independent Journal Review, with Permission
Married 73 years.Image Credit: Independent Journal Review, with Permission
Still holding hands.Image Credit: Independent Journal Review, with Permission
According to the source, Bush also asked for a coin so he could practice his flip.
Practice he did:Image Credit: Independent Journal Review, with Permission
While Bush was practicing his coin flip, what was Barbara doing? According to our backstage source:
“She’s feisty. Everyone kept saying that it was good they were feeling better, and she would always respond, ‘It doesn’t matter how we’re feeling. We’re here.'”
All the practice, hand-holding, & feistiness payed off. Look at them:
— NFL (@NFL) February 5, 2017