The First Families Were Sharing a Moment, Then Video of W. & Obama Was Captured That’s Gone Viral

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was opened in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

(L-R) Former US First Lady Laura Bush, former US President George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama attend the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two first families–one from the past and one from the present–were in attendance.

(L-R) Former US First Lady Laura Bush, US Congressman John Lewis, former US President George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama attend the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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There were hugs exchanged.

TOPSHOT - (L-R) Former US First Lady Laura Bush, former US President George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama attend the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Let’s get a closer look at that.

Former US President George W. Bush receives a hug from US First Lady Michelle Obama as they attend the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Obama gave a speech and looked sharp while doing it.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: U.S President Barack Obama speaks at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The museum is opening thirteen years after Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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W. also delivered warm words of welcome to the audience.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Former President George Bush smiles while speaking during the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC, before the museum opens to the public later that day. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution museum located on the National Mall featuring African American history and culture in the US. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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Laura Bush was the essence of class.

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More hugs for a shared cause.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Former President George Bush after Bush spoke during the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC, before the museum opens to the public later that day. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution museum located on the National Mall featuring African American history and culture in the US. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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There were moments of reflection.

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And secretive smiles.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: (L to R) : Former First Lady Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush, U.S President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The museum is opening thirteen years after Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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The museum was opened 13 years after President George W. Bush and Congress authorized its construction.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: U.S President Barack Obama speaks at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The museum is opening thirteen years after Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Hands over their hearts, they gave their dedication.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24 U.S. President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, former president George Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, participate in the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC, before the museum opens to the public later that day. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution museum located on the National Mall featuring African American history and culture in the US. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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Until something caught everyone’s attention.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24 U.S. President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, former president George Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, participate in the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC, before the museum opens to the public later that day. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution museum located on the National Mall featuring African American history and culture in the US. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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Stevie!

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: (R to L) : Former First Lady Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush, U.S President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to singer Stevie Wonder during the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The museum is opening thirteen years after Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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There were more adorable moments.

TOPSHOT - (L-R) Former US First Lady Laura Bush, former US President George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama attend the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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That smile, though.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: First lady Michelle Obama, embraces former president George W. Bush, accompanied by his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, while participating in the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC, before the museum opens to the public later that day. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution museum located on the National Mall featuring African American history and culture in the US. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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Time for the head lean.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: First lady Michelle Obama, embraces former president George Bush, accompanied by his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, while participating in the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC, before the museum opens to the public later that day. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution museum located on the National Mall featuring African American history and culture in the US. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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Ringing a bell of liberty for all.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: U.S President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are join up with the Bonner Family to ring the onstage bell. during the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The museum is opening thirteen years after Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Away from the bright lights and the fanfare was a quiet exchange between W. and Obama that reflects the humanity beneath our preconceived notions about the presidents.

There’s a time for politics and a time for being human. On this day, two presidents showed that being a leader means knowing the difference, all while sharing a genuine moment of kindness.

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