Tributes For Barbara Bush; Son, Jeb, In Chicago For Speech

Posted April 19, 2018

"I'm exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush".

Just last year, allegations surfaced that Bush, who for more than five years has used a wheelchair for mobility, inappropriately touched more than a half dozen women on their buttocks as they stood next to him to take photos. They ended up marrying four years later on January 6, 1945.

Her uncoiffed, matronly appearance often provoked jokes that she looked more like the boyish president's mother than his wife. Darroch said as one of only two women to be the wife of one USA president and the mother of another, "Barbara Bush was a very special person in American history". A sixth child, 3-year-old daughter Robin, died of leukemia in 1953.

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"My dear mother has passed on at age 92".

They raised their family mainly in Texas, where George H.W. Bush, the son of a U.S. senator, was in the oil business and later entered politics. Barbara was a much-loved first lady and public figure, and her legacy for America is long and influential. "Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we're even more grateful for the way she lived her life - as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit". "Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end". The mother of six children - including President George W. Bush - grandmother to 17 and great-grandmother to seven, the former first lady spearheaded family literacy programs during her time in office and beyond.

The snowy-haired Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. Bush saying to one of her great-grandchildren. I am lucky to know a piece of Mrs.

Quick-witted with a sharp tongue, the feisty Barbara Bush was a fierce defender of her husband and an astute adviser. The foundation donated over $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide, according to CBS News. "If we don't give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren't giving everyone an equal chance to succeed".

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He said, "She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well". Barbara's interest in children and literacy, meanwhile, helped Bush commit himself to being the "education President". Bush at their Kennebunkport home.

The matriarch of the Bush family died Tuesday at the age of 92.

U.S. President George Bush (L) and First Lady Barbara Bush play with confetti 20 August 1992 as it showered them at the 1992 Republican National Convention.

Also past year, they both wound up in the same Houston hospital - the former president with pneumonia; his wife with bronchitis.

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