The Obamas and Bushes spent some unexpected quality time together after traveling home from a trip to South Africa in which they participated in tributes to Nelson Mandela, former South African president who died Thursday. The Associated Press' report on Dec. 11 says that the Obamas and Bushes enjoyed dinner together during their long flight back to the United States.
The report goes on to say...."Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, had round-trip passage with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for the service, an international "who's who" of current and former international political leaders."
The Obamas and Bushes recent outing in South Africa represented a rare moment of unity. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, even took the time to wait at the top of stairs of Air Force One while the Bushes made their way up the steps.
The Obamas and Bushes as well Bill Clinton, who held the position of President of the United States when Mandela became the first black president of South Africa, were in South Africa to honor Mandela's legacy.
Shortly after the announcement of the death of Mandela, Obama said he was a "profoundly good" man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice."
The Obamas and Bushes were also joined by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as well as other country leaders.
The Palestinians, Israelis, Chinese, U.S. and Iran, among others, sent messages to South Africa in tribute to Mandela, describing him as one of the leading figures of the twentieth century that inspired millions with his strive for equality of all races.
In the United States, France and Britain, as well as the headquarters of the United Nations, flags flew at half mast.
Although the Obamas and Bushes have had their differences in the past, Nelson Mandela's death seemed to unite the 43rd and the 44th presidents.
Bill and Hillary Clinton, who flew to South Africa with the Obamas and Bushes, did not accompany them on the return flight. The two, along with their daughter Chelsea, traveled on a separate flight Tuesday.