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The White House Historical Association joins the nation in its remembrance of First Lady Barbara Bush and the warmth, care for others, love of country, and humor she brought to her roles as Second and First Lady of the United States.
As wife of the vice president, Mrs. Bush selected the promotion of literacy as her special cause. As first lady, she worked for a more literate America, calling it the "most important issue we have."
Involved with many organizations devoted to this cause, she became honorary chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy – a program that continues to this day. A strong advocate of volunteerism, Mrs. Bush valued the opportunity she had to use her national platform to do something to help someone every day. She supported many different causes and people including the homeless, the elderly, HIV/AIDS patients, military families and school volunteers.
She often spoke of how grateful she was for the adventures and experiences she had as wife of a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, and director of the CIA all of which helped to prepare Mrs. Bush for the active roles she had as Second Lady and First Lady.
After the White House, she and her husband lived in Houston, Texas and Kennebunkport, Maine. Mrs. Bush also wrote several books including an autobiography, “Barbara Bush: A Memoir”; served on the boards of AmeriCares, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic and many other organizations.
She and her husband had the longest presidential marriage in US history, celebrating their 73rd anniversary on January 6, 2018. She was the mother of 6 children and became the second First Lady after Abigail Adams whose husband and son served as a U.S. president.
Mrs. Bush's official portrait was painted by Charles Fagan and features Millie, her English Springer Spaniel. ... See MoreSee Less