The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was opened in Washington D.C. on Saturday.
Two first families–one from the past and one from the present–were in attendance.
There were hugs exchanged.
Let’s get a closer look at that.
President Obama gave a speech and looked sharp while doing it.
W. also delivered warm words of welcome to the audience.
Laura Bush was the essence of class.
More hugs for a shared cause.
There were moments of reflection.
And secretive smiles.
The museum was opened 13 years after President George W. Bush and Congress authorized its construction.
Hands over their hearts, they gave their dedication.
Until something caught everyone’s attention.
There were more adorable moments.
That smile, though.
Time for the head lean.
Ringing a bell of liberty for all.
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.