Trump will skip Barbara Bush funeral, sending first lady


That encounter is only one of scores of examples my fellow agents could give of the genuine admiration and respect Barbara Bush showed to the people who protected her and her family - and her recognition of the sacrifices the agents made for the presidential security operation. She was a driving force.

"[Meeting Mrs. Bush taught her] That I can be whatever I want to be and do what I want to do.

While many got to know Bush through the years by watching her on television or reading about her in the newspaper, one local woman got to have an up-close encounter with her. "She was a pretty special lady", said Stauch. She also referenced her grandmother's other nickname, "The Enforcer", because, she said, "you were a force, and you wrote the rules".

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.

Running as a political outsider, Trump often dismissed President George W. Bush's handling of the Iraq War and mocked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his 2016 Republican rival.

The agency created an interactive map below that shows all of the locations the Barbara Bush tribute is being shown. The public must go to the Second Baptist Church at 6400 Woodway Drive to park and pass through security.

With the utmost seriousness, Secret Service agents assigned to the first lady take the sacred responsibility of protecting a political and cultural icon, knowing full well that any harm that comes to the first lady could impede the President's ability to govern.

But those close to Mrs. Bush knew very well The Enforcer was no shrinking violet.

"We've all lost a great American and I have a feeling that we're going to see a lot of people coming", said Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo during a news conference on Thursday.

Lawmakers routinely lob their own verbal hand grenades at Trump and one another. Several former presidents will be joining the Bush family for Saturday's private service in Houston, which will be followed by a burial on the grounds of her husband's library.

When we think of the Greatest Generation, martial virtues often spring to mind - young men in an unimaginably violent struggle, saving the civilized world. I have a vivid memory of when that practice came to an end.

Typically, this was not the way that the former first lady liked to travel, as it drew undue attention.

Today in Houston, George H.W. Bush's compass is spinning a lot.