The world of bare-knuckle politics can be tough – and more often than not, choosing the right friends is the name of the game.
From lobbying for legislation to cutthroat campaigns and lavish political fundraisers, sometimes these politicos just need to take a break and laugh – even across the aisle.
Getting By With a Little Help From My Friends
In honor of National Best Friends day, we’re celebrating 6 political powerhouse friendships in Washington:
1. Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Joe Lieberman
It’s hard to deny a friendship like this. It’s often said, “Good things come in threes” – like The Three Musketeers, Three Amigos or Ross, Chandler and Joey from Friends.
2. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
George W. Bush calls Bill Clinton his “brother from another mother,” and the two openly joke about the probability of Bill’s wife and George’s brother running against each other in 2016.
Don’t believe us? Check out the two 68-year-old recent grandpas chumming it up:
3. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
Barack Obama and Joe Biden have had a complex relationship since their initial political wedding as running mates in 2008. In many ways, the two are polar opposites. An aide to Joe Biden once said, “You never have to wonder what the Vice President is thinking because he has already said it.”
Compare that to President Obama’s cool and calculated style, and it looks like opposites attract.
But after two long terms, the duo now loves to work out together, take selfies, and often grab meals together. But it’s not all fun and games. President Barack Obama was asked to honor Vice President Biden’s son, Beau, with a eulogy at his funeral this past weekend – a clear sign that these two are close, trusting friends.
4. First Lady Michelle Obama and Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler introduces Michelle Obama as her “best friend” at the National Recreation and Park Association in 2014 and the fourth anniversary of Obama’s initiative “Let’s Move.”
5. Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman
The former basketball player has called the leader of North Korea “a friend for life.” Saturday Night Live has perfectly explained their bro-mance in this clip:
6. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell
Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have developed a friendship over the years, but the recent debate over the PATRIOT Act has strained their relationship. Hopefully the fellow Kentuckians patch things up soon!
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