18.04.16 Barbara Bush

April 17, 2018

The Matriarch

Barbara Bush, a first lady who made history, dies at 92.

‘It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself a thanks to her abiding faith a but for others.”
Jim McGrath, Bush Spokesman
  • The former first lady announced days before her death she planned to no longer seek medical treatment.
  • No specific illness disclosed, had thyroid condition for decades.

The Bushes: A Love Story

“I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago.”

  • George H.W. Bush & Barbara Pierce met at a school dance – he was 17 & she was 16.
  • Engaged a year & half later as he left for WWII as a Navy pilot.
  • Married in 1945 – age 19 & 20.
  • Longest presidential marriage.

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Family Lynchpin

She provided for their 6 children (losing daughterA Robin to leukemia at age 3) & managing 29 moves for his demanding career (as Congressman, CIA Director & VP).

As first lady from 1989-1993, she was a popular national figure known for work on literacy and her blunt talk & self-deprecating wit.

Click: for her humor

Her Secret to a Long Life?

“I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe. I’m not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!”

“Also, George Bush has given me the world. He is the best a thoughtful and loving.”

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Did you know: Barbara Bush is 1 of only 2 first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams & mother of John Quincy Adams. However, Mrs. Bush is the only one to see her son sworn in.

by Jenna Lee,