Some would argue that the word “bromance” does not belong in the world of politics, but they’d be wrong. It’s hard not to get swept up in the budding friendships of international leaders with all the photo ops and viral videos.
You may be familiar with Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s solid relationship, but that’s not the only political bromance you need to know. Here are some friendships that have lasted through the rumble-tumble of public affairs.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden
Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron
Sure, Trudeau and Obama had a great run, but with Obama tearing up the world’s golf courses, it’s time for Trudeau to focus on a different friendship — with France’s new president, Macron. May it live on forever.
Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“From our years together at the D.C. Circuit, we were best buddies,” Ginsburg wrote following Scalia’s death in 2016. “We disagreed now and then, but when I wrote for the Court and received a Scalia dissent, the opinion ultimately released was notably better than my initial circulation.” This might not technically be a “bromance,” but it deserves a spot on this list regardless.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
The two are far from similar, but after putting their differences inside, Adams and Jefferson developed a great relationship with their constant letter-writing after they met at the 1775 Continental Congress, according to Monticello.org. And they died on the same day. If that’s not a bromance, what is?
George W. Bush and Sen. Ted Kennedy
The two did not see eye to eye often —particularly on the war in Iraq — but when they were able to find common ground on important issues, well, you could have gone ahead and called it a bipartisan “bromance.”
“… I actually like the fellow,” Bush once said, and there you have it.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
Who would have thought a bromance between these two would flourish, but it’s even reached the point of social media teasing when Bush sent Clinton a copy of his book, and Clinton trolled the fellow president about not having a Twitter account.