Barbara Bush

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Barbara Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush (June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018), as the wife of U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, was the First Lady of the United States from 1989 through 1993 and Second Lady from 1981 through 1989, when Bush held the vice presidency under Ronald W. Reagan.

Barbara Bush was pro-abortion and that may have influenced the position taken by her husband President George H.W. Bush on the issue, particularly prior to his switching to the pro-life side in order to become President Ronald Reagan's vice president. She became strongly anti-Trump in her later years, not identifying as a Republican anymore and even blaming President Trump for a heart attack.[1][2]

Early life and education

Born Barbara Pierce in Manhattan, New York City, she grew up in Rye, New York. She is associated with both Texas and Maine, where she had dual residences.

Marriage and family

George and Barbara Bush became engaged in 1943 and married in January 1945.[3] She was the mother to former President George W. Bush, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, Dorothy Bush, and Pauline Bush, who died at the age of four from leukemia. George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is named for her grandmother.

In 2016, Mrs. Bush campaigned for her son, Jeb, in the Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire. She was photographed with her walker in the cold weather trying to convince voters of her son's qualifications. Earlier, she had discouraged her son from seeking the presidency because of the "family dynasty" consideration. Jeb Bush's candidacy went nowhere, and the party chose the outsider candidate, Donald Trump. George and Barbara Bush indicated that they voted for the unsuccessful Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton in the race against Trump though all the Bushes owed their longstanding political careers to Republican voters. George W. Bush would not say whether he voted for Trump or Clinton. Jeb's son, George P. Bush, the Republican land commissioner in Texas, did endorse Trump; he is the only Bush family member holding elected office and faces voters again in the November 6 general election.

Second Lady

Bush served as the Second Lady during Ronald Reagan's presidency from 1981 to 1989, while her husband served as Vice President.

First Lady

Bush served as the First Lady during her husband's presidency from 1989 to 1992.

After the White House

Rarely has a First Lady been greeted by the American people and the press with the approbation and warmth accorded to Barbara Pierce Bush. Perhaps this is prompted by the image she calls "everybody's grandmother." People are comfortable with her white hair, her warm, relaxed manner, and her keen wit. With characteristic directness, she says people like her because they know "I'm fair and I like children and I adore my husband." [4]

Death at 92

Mrs. Bush died at her home in Houston at the age of ninety-two just a few days after she announced that she would no longer seek medical treatment for her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and Graves' disease. Instead, she would accept only "comfort care."[5][6]


  1. Nolte, John (March 27, 2019). Nolte: Barbara Bush Blamed Trump for Her ‘Heart Attack’. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  2. Page, Susan (March 27, 2019). Barbara Bush: Did she still consider herself a Republican? 'I'd probably say no today.'. USA Today. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  3. Bush 1999, 16, 37, 57.
  4. Barbara Pierce Bush biography The White House
  5. Barbara Bush, former first lady, dead at 92. Fox News. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  6. Pollak, Joel B. (April 17, 2018). In Memoriam: First Lady Barbara Bush (1925-2018). Breitbart News. Retrieved April 17, 2018.


  • Bush, George. All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.