People could learn from Barbara Bush — Viewpoint


What she said was what she meant, and she expected you to do the same. A noble life of purpose had ended. She wasn't at her home.

At the age of nine, imagine sitting in the same room as the First Lady of the United States.

Even after social media exploded with her malicious musings, Jarrar doubled down and boasted about her $100,000 yearly salary and her tenure. She was approachable and friendly but without the sugar - much less the saccharin that is in great supply these days among political figures, particularly among spouses. You could almost hear her explaining the rapid notice: Well, of course.

"I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life". It's the right thing to do.

In a video stream, Bono praised Bush, Congress and American taxpayers for progress made against AIDS in vulnerable populations.

Twenty-six years later, Margie's struggles are behind her. But, the letter is a memento of more simple times, and a woman she admired. I first met Mrs. Bush when I was 22 and working for her husband, then Republican National Committee chairman. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday.

Former first lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush throws the ceremonial first pitch before an ALDS baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals, Oct. 11, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Lying in honor is reserved only for private citizens, who are given the honor of having their casket placed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for public viewing. She was, as my Post colleague Karen Tumulty wrote, "as authentic as her pearls were fake". It exemplified her demeanor and its calming, humanizing and gentle effect on those around her. She will be forever missed.

No matter; she saw a child of God in need of being held and comforted.

A longtime Bush friend, former congresswoman Connie Morella, said Barbara's "unpretentious" nature, candid but diplomatic approach, willingness to compromise and mutual respect are missing in today's Congress.

May the God of tender mercies bless and comfort him, the remarkable children he and his wife brought into this world, and the many grandchildren whom they loved and enjoyed so deeply.