This photo was taken at Nancy Reagan’s funeral last week. As with everything politically-related these days, it caused some people to criticize the photo and the subjects, saying it was a phony display of affection by two arch enemies.
What I see is a rare, unguarded moment between two people who might be on different political sides, but who understand that friends can disagree without disrespect, and that when the situation calls for it, you leave all that at the office.
In both 2008 and 2012, I watched social media arguments among my friends and acquaintances that made the politicians’ mudslinging seem tame. Emotions ran so high that friends — some just Facebook friends, but others longtime real ones — were ceremoniously and publicly unfriended due to these differences of opinion.
I think most of us have friends and relatives with whom we disagree about many things. As this election year gets uglier and uglier, I hope we can all remember that if George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton can share a cup of coffee and a hug, we all should be able to do the same.