Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush
Family, friends and politicians mourned the death of Barbara Bush Tuesday night, recalling the former first lady for her dedication to her country and family.
The matriarch of the Bush family, Barbara was the second woman to ever have her husband and son both serve as president. The family remembered her for her passion for sense of humor and commitment to causes she was passionate about.
"Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions," Former President George W. Bush said in a statement. "To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until then."
She served as first lady during the presidency of her husband, George H.W. Bush. Her oldest son was elected president in 2000 and served two terms.
Her younger son, Jeb, served two terms as governor of Florida, and ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign for the Republican nomination in 2016.
Jeb Bush remembered Barbara as an "exceptionally gracious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman."
A family spokesman announced Tuesday night that Bush died at age 92. She had been hospitalized multiple times throughout the past year, and recently decided against seeking additional medical treatment.
President Trump recalled Bush for her commitment to spreading literacy, and as an "advocate of the American family."
"She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well," Trump said in a statement.
Former President Bill Clinton, who defeated George H.W. Bush in the 1992 election, said Bush was a "remarkable woman" who was "fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes."
"She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like," Clinton tweeted.
Former President Obama and his former first lady Michelle Obama also released a statement.
"We'll always be grateful to Mrs. 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," they said in a joint statement.
Numerous other lawmakers on Tuesday night shared their memories of Barabara Bush and her impact on the country.
April 18, 2018