Barack Obama, Bill Clinton Remember Former First Lady Barbara Bush


Refresh for updates: Political and media figures took to social media today to pay tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush who died today in Houston at the age of 92. Her family had announced Monday that she no longer was seeking medical treatment and had been moved to comfort care. In addition to Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were among those who paid their respects.

Jeb Bush, the son of the former first lady, posted a statement on Facebook:

Columba and I join every member of the Bush family in offering our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support for my Mom in recent days, and throughout her remarkable life. I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush. Thank you for your prayers, and we look forward to celebrating and honoring her life and contributions to our family and great nation in the coming days.

Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush also took to Twitter to send a heartfelt message: “My grandmother’s entire life was focused on others. For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. For her family, she was a steady, loving and guiding hand. And for her country, she was an inspiration and an example for all. My grandmother didn’t just live life; she lived it well. And the sorrow of her loss is softened by the knowledge of her impact on our family and our country. I will miss you, Ganny—but know we will see you again.”

In a statement sent to Deadline, Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of America’s Public Television Stations expressed condolences and recognized her commitment to literacy:

America’s Public Television Stations mourn the passing of Barbara Bush, a pioneer in the national literacy movement whose influence helped millions of Americans enrich their lives through the joy of reading.

I first met Mrs. Bush more than 30 years ago, when as America’s Second Lady, she welcomed me to the Vice President’s residence for our first conversation on how media companies could encourage literacy among Americans of all ages.

Public television is proud of its role in lifelong learning for millions of Americans, and we are keenly aware that the foundation for all of that learning is the ability to read.

Barbara Bush has many things to be proud of in her long and eventful life, but the nation is deeply indebted to her for making us a more literate, more civilized, more successful society – a contribution of incalculable value.

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