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Barbara Bush, Former First Lady and Literacy Advocate, Dies at 92

“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.

By NTK Staff | 04.18.2018 @11:00am
Barbara Bush, Former First Lady and Literacy Advocate, Dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the wife of President George H.W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston Tuesday evening.

Bush was a fierce advocate for literacy, and used the issue to bridge divides in American culture:

Bush also tried to avoid making waves in selecting her pet cause of literacy. She tirelessly promoted literacy as a way to help solve everything from teen pregnancy and inner-city violence to AIDS.

“If every man, woman and child in America could read, write and comprehend, we could find easier answers to so many of our other social problems,” she said.

Bush is just the second woman in American history to be both First Lady and mother of a U.S. president (the first being Abigail Adams). She was an active campaigner for both her husband and sons, including George W. Bush’s and younger son Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Bush was “clearly an asset” on the campaign trail, according to the New York Times. In 1999, a “poll found that 63 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of her and that only 3 percent had an unfavorable one.”

Bush’s oldest son issued the following statement Tuesday night:

“My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”

Condolences and well wishes for the Bush family poured in overnight.

The Trumps

President Trump and Melania Trump called her an advocate for the American family, with great achievements in the cause of literacy. The president ordered that U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House, federal buildings, U.S. embassies and military posts in Barbara Bush’s honor.

The Obamas

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama said they were grateful for her generosity to them and said the way she lived her life was a testament to public service as an important and noble calling, that she was an example of humility and decency.

The Clintons

The Romneys

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