Laura & Michelle show how it’s done

Former first ladies remind us that we all have a responsibility to do our part in defeating this deadly virus.

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April 28, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Remember this? Wow, what a sweet sight. First Lady Michelle Obama hugs former President George W. Bush while President Barack Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush look on at the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, on Sept. 24, 2016.

When former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush teamed up on April 18 to help raise private dollars for global health and front-line workers in the midst of this pandemic, you’d think there would be universal praise that something worthwhile and sorely needed had been done.

In this divisive era, when even a worldwide fight to prevent the spread of coronavirus has been politicized, we know it’s a little more complicated than that.

Obama and Bush appeared in a 90-second joint segment of Saturday’s Global Citizen “One World: Together at Home,” a concert event to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. Taking turns speaking from separate locations, they delivered a message of hope that the country and the world will get through this difficult time and expressed gratitude to health care workers and first responders.

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