Public figures react to the death of Barbara Bush

Within minutes of the news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died Tuesday at the age of 92, tributes began pouring in from political figures, including those in her own family.

George H.W. Bush, her husband of 73 years, issued a statement that praised his wife as a “proponent of family literacy,” and noted that she is survived by 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and a brother.

In a written statement released by the White House, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump said they “join the nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush.”

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**Click through the following slides to see the tributes to former first lady Barbara Bush, who passed away on April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.**

(Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images).

Statement by President George W. Bush on the passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush: https://t.co/PwYs9SHwo3 https://t.co/FZMcRwv0Ve
My grandmother didn't just live life; she lived it well. And the sorrow of her loss is softened by the knowledge o… https://t.co/NzarkFtCHo
.@FLOTUS Melania and I join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush: https://t.co/4NzyjxqAFM
Statement by Governor Jeb Bush on the Passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush https://t.co/7FXQlMH9Xe
Thanks to all the prayers, texts,emails, and notes received - how lucky are we to have had Ganny in our lives! Pray… https://t.co/VnyRGCFmy6
I think my Ganny would have wanted us to remember her by picking up a book and reading to our child, grandchild, or… https://t.co/Wfr0yYhnJs
Our statement on the passing of Barbara Bush: https://t.co/haIPhDS2bd
Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: https://t.co/MhTVYCL9Nj
There was no one else quite like Barbara Bush. Jill and I — and the entire Biden family — send our heartfelt condol… https://t.co/Tiia0XYyGq
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of h… https://t.co/0kyGOCt32Y
Barbara Bush served her country and led her family with dignity and grace. She made children's literacy a lifelong… https://t.co/8Ui5OPrgvB
Always a friend to Canada, Barbara Bush leaves a legacy of dignity, grace, service and devotion to family. Sophie a… https://t.co/oTa9aWkUZU
Statement on passing of former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush. https://t.co/rqWuQke0MT
Praying for the entire Bush family as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of their dear matriarch, Barbara B… https://t.co/Txktiwexhi
One of the greatest First Ladies in the history of our nation has gone to her Heavenly reward. RIP #BarbaraBush
As the husband of an exceptional woman myself, I know all she meant to President George H.W. Bush & their family. S… https://t.co/hOXpEfH84V
Barbara Bush served her country with class. She served her family with love and compassion. I’m grateful I knew her… https://t.co/59KQJ7jAvg
My prayers are with the Bush family at the passing of their beloved Barbara, an eternal First Lady in the heart of… https://t.co/w0SaSh3RqZ
From her scrappy demeanor and no-frills style to her boundless passion for family, literacy and freedom, Barbara Bu… https://t.co/j2iPlbp78q
Barbara Bush wielded her formidable qualities on behalf of her nation, the family she loved, and the many worthy ca… https://t.co/F6Lu7ln11Q
The U.S. Secret Service expresses sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Barbara Bush, the epitome of class and… https://t.co/4BWaP2qcjB
When I first met Barbara Bush in 1988 as she entertained spouses of congressional candidates at the @VP Residence,… https://t.co/5rTk2v6afc
Throughout her life, Barbara Bush showed us all the importance of charity, literacy, and love of country. Our thoug… https://t.co/gWRsnRnCzr
A very nice and friendly former First Lady Barbara Bush dies Matriarch of Presidential families and civic leader… https://t.co/6a60ZJnleR
Ohioans join with all Americans to mourn the death of Barbara Bush, a woman of grace, humility, great compassion an… https://t.co/lFIwqaBWMw
What a wonderful life was lived by Fmr. First Lady Barbara Bush. Condolences to the entire Bush family.
America lost a great woman, a great mother and a great wife. Barbara Bush’s life has always been a shining example… https://t.co/YFCP3CjbhQ
Offering heartfelt condolences to the entire Bush family. May you find peace and comfort in fond memories of an inc… https://t.co/p7ofIuK4Dg
Former first lady Barbara Bush has passed away at the age of 92. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenna and the en… https://t.co/x2Oazcv49x
Mrs. Bush served our country with dignity and grace. Liz and I send our thoughts and prayers to both Presidents Bus… https://t.co/jsWtKpgHL8
Mrs. Bush was feisty, gracious, beautiful, and exemplary in the unique family and societal roles she embraced. I ha… https://t.co/u6ygYzW8QM
Louise and I are sending our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the entire Bush family tonight. Barbara Bush was… https://t.co/0KmRVLW4ha
I send my thoughts to the family of former First Lady Barbara Bush. The wife of former President @GeorgeHWBush and… https://t.co/lrP4PdrDon
Barbara Bush was a great lady and a dear friend. Her passing is a terrible loss for the Bush family, the Sununu fam… https://t.co/XDbD6QLjud
“To us, she was so much more.” Fmr President George W Bush on the passing of his mother Fmr First Lady Barbara Bush https://t.co/1d00Qognv8
Rest In Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush. You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friend… https://t.co/af8WDiAjpW
Our dear Barbara Bush. A grand lady, a great friend...she made the White House a brighter place. How we will miss y… https://t.co/3JBjKb0lau
Our prayers go out to the Bush family tonight as we mourn the passing of a terrific woman, former First Lady Barbar… https://t.co/NayRoPU4ni
#BarbaraBush represented everything that America stands for. She was strong willed but full of compassion. A great… https://t.co/t4cxvKmyFt
Barbara Bush, R.I.P. An angel on her way to heaven. Adrienne and I want to express our gratitude for a life ded… https://t.co/aGzgYNsMnx
So very sad about former First Lady Barbara Bush...I was so lucky to interview her many times and even so very fort… https://t.co/gmaidy2KbY
RIP Barbara Bush. A truly amazing life. She lived it on her terms until the very end. She was adored by her childre… https://t.co/g38QTk4bHU
With compassion and grace, Barbara Bush inspired generations of Americans. My deepest condolences go to President G… https://t.co/oCRad3vDrf
She was strong, she was tough, and oh, she was passionate, especially about her family.... I admired her so... R.I.P. Barbara Bush..🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Barbara Bush was a woman of incredible determination, wit, and compassion who embodied America’s best values. My de… https://t.co/G2XheGstyt
Rest In Peace Barbara Bush. You showed us what servant leadership, commitment to family, patriotism, and courage looked like. #MakeItMatter
Barbara Bush was an inspiring and influential First Lady. Becky and I are saddened by her passing, but we know that… https://t.co/40lDLao06N
Our prayers for the family of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She will be missed and we are better off because of her time here on earth.
Thank you #BarbaraBush - you made our nation a better place, Rest In Peace https://t.co/dtuu15DMyt
God bless the soul of Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady, First Mother, a matriarch and a patriot. Condolences to the Bush family.
Hoy es un día triste. La muerte d Barbara Bush se lleva un gran ser humano. Nuestra nación llora la pérdida de una… https://t.co/SXcwQb3Vcj
Former First Lady Barbara Bush was a pillar of strength for her family and was much admired in our country. Both th… https://t.co/xDmmJzOBlJ
Barbara Bush holds a revered place in the hearts of generations of Americans. She so loved her family and our count… https://t.co/abbVbmy2A1
Our thoughts are with the Bush family as they grieve the loss of former first lady Barbara. She will forever be in… https://t.co/AwBWIdgl9C
I give my best wishes to former first lady Barbara Bush and condolences to the Bush family. For decades, Barbara se… https://t.co/lczbqcpaNl
We're saddened by the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush. In her honor, here's a pic of her and former Presiden… https://t.co/WafZen6pUm
Barbara Bush was an unrelenting force for decency, community, and patriotism. As First Lady and throughout her life… https://t.co/q7ebaP2RGn
"In her loving memory, the City of Houston and the Houston Public Library Foundation will work to complete the mas… https://t.co/7tuFlF7Luf
Statement by Nixon daughters: "Barbara Bush remains a shining role model for all Americans, most especially our you… https://t.co/00W3kFoxpw
Mrs. Bush personified grace and class as First Lady and throughout her life; she will be missed. I send my heartfel… https://t.co/AlPP17itAu
Separate @FLOTUS statement just issued. https://t.co/VWRk57uAeq
Saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Bush, a woman of great strength, dignity and good humor, she will be missed.
Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to The Bush family. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/BGb9CLhPIR
It was a pleasure to have met. Thoughts and prayers to the Bush Family. Much beloved. She will be greatly missed. https://t.co/99G7AifPzd
Ann and I send our deepest condolences to the Bush family upon the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush tonight. Main… https://t.co/JojFn4nkRr
Mrs. Bush embodied leadership, public service and loyalty. Sending thoughts and prayers to the Bush family. It was… https://t.co/wJEEtgZn5n
Statement from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter on the passing of Barbara Bush. https://t.co/OibQmXipao
Our country will be forever grateful & indebted for the impact former First Lady Barbara Bush had on improving lite… https://t.co/VCLjg8F7kr
I'm ever more aware these days of the importance of the example that comes from the White House. I'm so grateful th… https://t.co/rRBJp8lOyn
Prayers with the Bush family tonight. Barbara Bush was an amazing lady and will be missed!
Extending heartfelt sympathy to the Bush family this evening. A few months after I was fired from The View...Mrs.… https://t.co/x3bxiWVBah
Barbara Bush was known for her immeasurable kindness and generosity as First Lady, mother, wife, grandmother, and g… https://t.co/UA8SMiG9ah
First Lady Barbara Bush was dedicated to our state and devoted to our country. I'm joining Texans and Americans eve… https://t.co/P2FOEfWQQu
America just lost a tireless leader for family literacy. Your legacy of public service will live on. May you rest e… https://t.co/7HTur6P57p
Reid Ryan has issued the following statement: https://t.co/sCFRThbdgF
A woman of great dignity, grace, & humanity. Her love of family & country was second to none, and her work to incre… https://t.co/rw6ZoZRo2z
Barbara Bush lived an incredible life. I’m sending my love to her family.
Barbara Bush lived an extraordinary life of devotion, love, and laughter. She was a blessing to the First Family an… https://t.co/cLJjNCikrh
We mourn the passing of Barbara Bush, who believed that the world would be a better place if more people could read… https://t.co/bOAvedosKd
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“As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family,” the statement read. “Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Mrs. Bush.”

Former president Obama and his wife, Michelle, issued a statement calling Bush “the rock of a family dedicated to public service.

“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. She’ll be remembered for passing these values on to her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren — and to the countless citizens whom she and George inspired to become ‘points of light’ in service to others.”

Bill and HIllary Clinton also paid tribute to Mrs. Bush, calling her “a remarkable woman.”

“She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like,” the Clintons said in a written statement.

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George Herbert Walker Bush (R) poses with his wife Barbara and his brother Bucky in the 1940's. Born 12 June 1924 in Milton, Massachussetts, George Bush Yale graduated with a degree in Economics in 1948, made a fortune drilling oil before entering politics in 1964. US Congressman from Texas (1966-1970), ambassador to the United nations (1971-1974), Special Envoy to China (1974-1975), Republican National Chairman (1975-1976), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director (1976-1977), vice president of the US (1981-1959) George Bush is eventually elected president of the US 08 November 1988 against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis. AFP PHOTO/WHITE HOUSE (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Navy pilot George Bush sits in the cockpit of his torpedo bomber 'Barbara III', named after his girlfriend and future wife Barara Pierce. Ca. 1943-1945. | Location: outdoors. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Navy Lieutenant George Bush and Barbara Pierce get married in the First Prsbyterian Church in Rye, New York on January 6, 1945. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
George H. W. Bush with his wife, Barbara, and their children Pauline and George W. on horse in the yard of their Midlands, Texas ranch. (Photo by�Frances McLaughlin-Gill/Cond�Nast via Getty Images)
374942 02: (FILE PHOTO) An infant George W. Bush with his mother Barbara Bush and his father George Bush posing for a portrait in New Haven, CT, April 1947. George W. Bush is currently campaigning for the Republican party for the presidencial election in November 2000. (Photo by Newsmakers)
374942 01: (FILE PHOTO) Barbara Bush and George Bush pose with children Neil Bush, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush and Marvin Bush in 1956. George W. Bush is currently campaigning for the Republican party for the presidencial election in November 2000. (Photo by Newsmakers)
(Original Caption) George W. Bush and Laura's wedding; Marvin, Dorothy Neil, Columba, Jeb, Laura, G.W., Barbara, GB, Dorothy. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Sygma via Getty Images)
George Bush and his wife Barbara on the night of his 1966 election to the House of Representatives for Texas' 7th Congressional District in Houston. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
The George Bush family (l-r front row - Neil, Marvin, Jeb; back row - Doro, George W., Barbara, George) early 1960s (Photo by The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Handout/Corbis via Getty Images)
The George Bush family, Houston, TX (seated l-r Neil, George with Doro on his lap, Barbara with Marvin on her lap; standing George W. and Jeb) Late 1959 (Photo by The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Handout/Corbis via Getty Images)
373749 03: Republican Presidential candidate George Bush sits with his wife Barbara and his dog Fred November 1, 1978 in Hoston, TX. Bush is campaigning for the presidential primary elections. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison)
Campaign photo of the Bush family, the boys have their ties thrown over their shoulders (left to right: Doro, George, Jeb, Marvin, George W., Neil, and Barbara) 1966 (Photo by The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Handout/Corbis via Getty Images)
373818 01: Republican Presidential candidate George Bush wearing a t-shirt referencing his son Geroge W. Bush, walks with his wife Barbara and dog Fred November 1978 in New Hampshire. Bush is campaigning for the presidential primary elections. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison)
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George W. Bush, the 43rd president, mourned his mother’s passing and honored her legacy.

“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,” the former president said in a written statement. “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.”

Jeb Bush thanked those who had wished his family well as news of his mother’s failing health became public.

“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,” the former Florida governor said in a message posted to Facebook. “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.”

While dozens of tributes from politicians rolled in from around the country, there were also remembrances from those outside the political spectrum whose lives Mrs. Bush touched. One came from the Texas Rangers, in which the Bush family held an ownership stake from the mid-1980’s to the mid-1990’s.

 

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