Politicians react to the death of former first lady Barbara Bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Former first lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 on Tuesday. Barbara married George H.W. Bush on Jan. 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

She is is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

President Trump released a statement in which he wanted to celebrate Mrs. Bush's life and said the former first lady as "an advocate of the American family." He also said that one of her "greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection."

Former President Barack Obama released a joint statement with former first lady Michelle in which they called Barbara Bush the "rock of a family dedicated to public service."

Former President Clinton tweeted that he and Hillary "mourn her passing and bless her memory." He also described First Lady Bush as "remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted out his condolences and called her a "friend to Canada...," who "leaves a legacy of dignity, grace, service and devotion to family."

House Speaker Paul Ryan, said "Barbara Bush "holds a revered place in the hearts of generations of Americans. She so loved her family and our country. She led both with clarity and character."

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said, "Barbara Bush was a woman of incredible determination, wit, and compassion who embodied America’s best values. My deepest condolences to the entire Bush family — especially her devoted husband @GeorgeHWBush."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted, " Barbara Bush lived out every day as a devoted wife, mother, and public servant."

Senator Chuck Schumer said in a tweet, "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."


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