As Twitchy reported, former president George W. Bush and Ellen DeGeneres were spotted sitting next to each other at the Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys game over the weekend, and the progressive backlash against DeGeneres was so great she made a video in which she explained, “Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”

That didn’t fly with progressives either and on Tuesday, Vanity Fair published an article suggesting that DeGeneres’ “imagined utopia” in which people are kinder to each other seems “increasingly out of touch with reality.”

Just again, a reality check: the two sat next to each other at an NFL game and were friendly.

Laura Bradley writes:

It’s true that in the video clip that circulated over the weekend, both DeGeneres and Bush were smiling, having a good time, being kind. For some of DeGeneres’s fans—including one whose tweet she quoted in her monologue—the sight represented precisely the values she’s long espoused. In that clip, DeGeneres seems to hope we will see unity—a representation of what we could achieve if we put aside our differences and recognize our shared humanity. But how deep does this unity run? What are the parameters of the kindness we should all practice?

After running on a platform of “compassionate conservatism,” President Bush went on to oppose gay marriage, nominate Supreme Court justices who were instrumental in 2010’s disastrous Citizens United v. FEC ruling, and choose a FEMA head who allowed thousands of New Orleans residents to languish in the Superdome without adequate food or water. For millions of people, the Bush era was not one of compassion or kindness.

“Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo certainly agreed, saying kindness was out of the question until Bush was brought to justice. Turns out a whole lot of people like him when he’s angry.

No kidding. They hated Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush just as much; they just hadn’t taken over popular culture to the extent where their hatred won the day.

Didn’t you hear Joe Biden? There were zero scandals during the Obama administration.

Now do this:

We never, ever could have expected the backlash against Ellen DeGeneres because of this photo, but there you go: