Politics can be like walking a slippery slope at times, but we will not discuss the politics of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush. was the wife of George H. W. Bush, who was the 41st President of the United States, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.
Like all First Ladies of the White House, Barbara Bush took on many causes and charitable organizations. She worked hard to advance the cause of universal literacy and therefore forming the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Her son Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia which made her take an interest in literacy issues and began working with several different literacy organizations. She spent a large amount of time researching and learning about the factors that contributed to illiteracy such as homelessness which she believed was also connected to illiteracy. The proceeds from the children’s book, C. Fred’s Story, were donated to literacy charities.
Although married to a conservative Republican, Mrs. Bush did not agree with everything the political platform stood for. She once stated that abortion and homosexuality are personal matters and thought that platform should not take a stand on it. She felt the personal things should be left out of political platforms and conventions. She also became an activist and took on issues such as homelessness, teenage pregnancy, and AIDS. In 1989 Barbara Bush visited a Washington hospice where abandoned infants with the AIDS virus were being cared for and was photographed hugging an infant struck with the AIDS virus. Barbara Bush stressed to the public and get them to understand that AIDS wasn’t contracted through hugs and handshakes.
Mrs. Bush will be laid to rest Saturday as an invitation-only funeral service is scheduled at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston whereafter, a motorcade will carry her body 90 miles northwest to the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Today, her body was viewed in public repose where as many as 2,500 people came to view her body before tomorrows funeral. Many female attendees wore pearl necklaces in honor of Barbara Bush’s penchant for wearing pearls.
Dubbed The Silver Fox by her husband and children, Barbara Bush will always be known for her snow-white hair and for being fiercely protective of her family among many other things. She was 92 years old.