TODAY | January 21, 2014
>>> the bond her family feels with their political rivals but personal friends the clintons. here's nbc's andrea mitchell .
>> former first lady barbara bush in an interview on c-span on monday says her husband and bill clinton have become great friends.
>> bill visits us every summer. we don't agree politically, but we don't talk politics.
>> i william jefferson clinton .
>> reporter: they're an unlikely pair. once political adversaries, the relationship was icy after the bitter 1992 campaign. but in 2004 , president george w. bush asked his father and clinton to join forces to help victims of the tsunami and later katrina.
>> well, we took seven trips together. and this man whom i'd always liked and respected, i literally came to love.
>> reporter: in the years since, the two have visited, shared lunches and often talked on the phone, a relationship that has now blossomed into even more.
>> i think that he thinks of george a little bit like the father he didn't have.
>> people joke i was getting so close to the bush family i had become the black sheep son.
>> i love bill clinton , maybe not his politics, but i love bill clinton .
>> andrea mitchell , nbc news, washington.
>> it's a nice story. 1992 , they battle it out for the presidency and think all these years later they're still close.
>> they could put that behind them. well done.