Both women went on thank those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, including healthcare professionals, first responders, pharmacists and those delivering food or supplies to people's homes.
“The spirit and courage of the American people is most evident in times of crisis,” Mrs. Bush said. “And during this difficult period of physical separation, we’ve never been closer. Not just in our brave country, but tonight, we stand with the people of the world.”
Laura and George Bush have been social distancing in Texas, while Michelle and Barack Obama have been doing the same at their Washington, D.C., home with daughters Malia and Sasha.
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