Today, the country mourns the passing of former First Lady, Barbara Pierce Bush, who died yesterday at the age of 92. Mrs. Bush is one of just two women in American history to have had both a husband and a son elected as President of the United States. I have always admired her for her straight talk, humility, loyalty, and humor.
Mrs. Bush leaves behind an incredible legacy of family and public service. A loving wife of 73 years and mother of 6 children, Mrs. Bush has 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. As First Lady, she championed literacy and education - something that people on both sides of the aisle continue to praise and admire her for. She once said, "I chose literacy because I honestly believe that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems that plague our nation and our society." The First Lady's commencement address at Wellesley College is one of the most memorable in history. It should be listened to by every graduating senior.
We join the nation in honoring the life and work of Mrs. Barbara Bush (June 8, 1925 - April 17, 2018).