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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Passes Away at 92

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Passes Away at 92

She will be deeply missed.

Sadly, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away this evening.

The official statement from the Bush’s spokesman:

Sunday, the family announced that Mrs. Bush would no longer receive treatment for multiple ailments but would instead focus on comfort in her final days.

Reports from Monday said the former first lady was alert and chatting it up with family over a glass of bourbon.

Bush was as classy a broad (and she was truly a broad) as ever existed.

In what seems like at least 10 lifetimes ago, I issued immigration documents to international students and scholars at Texas A&M University, which is also home to George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Library.

Somewhere during my tenure, I took graduate courses in international affairs at the Bush School where the Bush’s had an apartment. Secret Service presence on campus always gave away their visits.

The Bushs were very much part of the school. Bush 41 gave class lectures and on more than one occasion, I ran into Mrs. Bush who was out in the courtyard with their dogs. She was always incredibly kind, genuine, and approachable.

Later in life, I moved to Rye, New York, where Mrs. Bush was from. It’s a lovely little village in Westchester.

Mr. and Mrs. Bush were married an incredible 73 years. Their care and love for one another was always evident and admirable.

“You have given me joy that few men know,” George Bush wrote to her, according to a collection of letters published in 1999.

“I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara’s husband,” he also said.

The Bushs prayed aloud together nightly. By all accounts, Mrs. Bush wasn’t fearful of moving on from this world:

…she said she didn’t fear death for herself or “my precious George.”

“I know there is a great God, and I’m not worried,” she said.

Truly a life well-lived.

She will be deeply missed.


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Rest in peace.

RIP, Babs. Always admired her.

Barbara and Nancy the two classiest First Ladies of my lifetime now both gone. My Barbara rest in peace and my God lay his hand upon her family.

On a personal note, The Gunny, Harry Anderson, and Barbara Bush the last 3 days has just kind of sucked for my generation.

The Friendly Grizzly | April 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm

To Gremlin: The Gunny? Forgive my ignorance…

Thanks for the beautiful reminiscences. (Near the bottom I think you meant “prayed” together nightly.)

May she RIP, she faced her end with dignity, something I hope to be able to do when it is my time. I respected her as First Lady, a fine example of class while retaining her own personality.

Well done, Mrs. Bush. Well done.

Well done, good and faithful servant.

I respected her. Loved it when she called Clinton a B&t@h, but I could never get over her and Nancy Reagan being pro-choice.

    BobM in reply to MarkSmith. | April 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    OK, does everything need to bring in the A word?

    I’m not in favor of abortion-on-demand myself, but I don’t buy into the binary “pro-choice” vs “pro-life”. It’s incredible to me how the very same folks who don’t believe in two biological genders wholly believe there’s only two stances on abortion. So I don’t believe that “pro-abortion” (my preferred term) means “evil incarnate”, like the “pro-choice” folks seem to believe for a “pro-life” person.

    If you allow to exclude folks whole believe heart-beat or brain-wave activity should preclude unlimited abortion, the “pro-choice” poll numbers drop sharply. If you allow to exclude folks who believe the baby would (with support) survive premature delivery, drops even more. If you allow to exclude that the baby (certainly NOT a “fetus” ITC) would likely survive premature delivery with limited or no medical intervention – the remaining numbers are pathetic.

    Personally, I really don’t see the moral distinction between using a needle to scramble and suck out a baby’s brains at 9 months minus one day and bashing the baby’s brains out on a hard object post-delivery. I really don’t.

    So if you support unlimited abortion, THEN I think you’re into evil territory. But if you just disagree on where to draw a line – I categorize you as mistaken rather than evil incarnate. Unlike most Libs on this issue, most Cons CAN see some grey here.

    Barbara Bush (and Nancy R.) were both, in their particular ways, classy ladies who married the love of their lives, and supported him wholeheartedly. Perhaps neither ran for office, but it was because THEY decided they had better things to do with their lives. And, unlike many Libs, I see nothing wrong or condescending in allowing them that choice.

      MarkSmith in reply to BobM. | April 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Well it is pretty binary for me. Listening to fellow adoptees, reviewed adoptee books and meeting Rebecca Kiessling at a party who flipped me 180 degrees on my view.

      I moved from a against abortion but believe in choice to limiting abortion to real medical needs.

      Rebecca was a product of rape. I would have never met her if she was aborted.

      As for Barbara Bush, her “choice” has carried on to more generations. Barbara Bush’s grand daughter is headlining Plan Parenthood conferences.

      Yea, Barbara Bush was a classy women, but everyday I see a lot more mothers and women who have more class and are not in the lime light. Role model, I am on the fence on.

      I commend her for not being a distraction to the running of this country like some spouses have been. I commend her for 73 years of marriage. Yes, she raised a governor and a US President. That is impressive. I pray for her and her family for all the good she has done.

A life well lived. For some reason I feel a sense of personal loss reading this. So many humble and good people from that era, such as Barbara Bush, are leaving us. The world is changing and their quiet, comforting presence is a loss.

DieJustAsHappy | April 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

1:20 Then Job arose, … 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Many, though they mourn her passing, are grateful for the blessing given through the life and love of Barbara Bush. “The Lord gave …”

Second Timothy 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but to all who crave His appearing…

First Lady Bush to you a Crown of Righteousness. Godspeed!