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 Bush was the second woman to ever have her husband and son both serve as president. She is remembered by her family for her passion, 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.”
Statement by former President George W. Bush on the passing of his mother, Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/AHTsZ7MgaN— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) April 17, 2018
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 Bush, served two terms as governor of Florida, and ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign for the Republican nomination in 2016.
Jeb Bush remembered Barbara Bush as an “exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman.”
A family spokesman announced Tuesday night that Barbara Bush died at age 92. She had been hospitalized multiple times throughout the past year, and recently decided against seeking additional medical treatment.
President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE recalled Bush for her commitment to spreading literacy, and as an “advocate of the American family.” He ordered flags be flown at half staff in her honor.
“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.
Vice President Pence praised Bush as an inspiration to others, highlighting her devotion to her family.
Our statement on the passing of Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/haIPhDS2bd— Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePences' pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, dies Pence says both Capitol riot and nixing filibuster are a 'power grab' McCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe MORE (@VP) April 18, 2018
Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonLeft laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low Second gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House MORE, 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.
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 17, 2018
Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBarack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness Michelle Obama announces push to register 1 million new voters ahead of midterms MORE 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.
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMacro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE fondly remembered Bush for her wit, intelligence and love of her family and country.
"Her tireless work as a champion for global literacy will be just one legacy she leaves behind," Biden said in a statement. "The others will be her unshakeable faith, her devotion to service and her beloved family, in which she instilled that same great love of country and public service."
Numerous other lawmakers on Tuesday night shared their memories of Barbara Bush and her impact on the country.
Mrs. Bush personified grace and class as First Lady and throughout her life; she will be missed. I send my heartfelt condolences to the Bush Family.— Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerKelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire Romney: I never got a call from White House to discuss voting rights MORE (@SenSchumer) April 17, 2018
Former First Lady Barbara Bush was a feisty, fun, and great family person who loved her family and truly made America a better place. She was a dear friend of my mother’s, and I feel honored to have had the chance to know her. Rest in peace.— Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoLobbying world Republicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster Like it or not, all roads forward for Democrats go through Joe Manchin MORE (@SenCapito) April 17, 2018
Our country will be forever grateful & indebted for the impact former First Lady Barbara Bush had on improving literacy in the United States. Lynne & I are praying for President George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, my friend Jeb, and the entire Bush family during this difficult time— Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSeven most vulnerable governors facing reelection in 2022 Nevada becomes early Senate battleground Nevada governor Sisolak injured in car accident, released from hospital MORE (@SenDeanHeller) April 17, 2018
First Lady Barbara Bush is an American icon & the entire Bush family are in my family’s prayers tonight. Her commitment to public service and love of country was unquestionable. We will all miss Barbara Bush, but her legacy will live on forever.— Cory GardnerCory GardnerEleven interesting races to watch in 2022 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA MORE (@SenCoryGardner) April 17, 2018
Barbara Bush was a great First Lady, a terrific advocate for literary programs and the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, and a strong woman who loved her family, the State of Maine, and our country. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/v320lXwqUy— Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsVoting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend Sinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform MORE (@SenatorCollins) April 17, 2018