In today’s tumultuous political climate, it may sometimes seem as if there are few things that unite us as a country.
Earlier today, however, partisan divisions fell by the wayside after the office of George H.W. Bush released a statement that former First Lady Barbara Bush’s health is failing and that she will not seek further treatment.
In response, there was an outpouring of support for the former First Lady from both sides of the aisle:
As always, Barbara Bush is a comfort to her friends & family teaching us all how to live full of faith, love & humor. Praying that she is comfortable & send love to President Bush & their family. https://t.co/Y02uohVFyD
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 15, 2018
Prayers going up for a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country. Our country is better because of former First Lady Barbara Bush ❤️?? pic.twitter.com/pewdIu2hjr
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April 15, 2018
Keeping Barbara Bush and her family in my heart and prayers. I will never forget how kind she was to me on every occasion we met, and how fondly the White House staff always spoke of her.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 15, 2018
Barbara Bush is loved and admired across Texas and America, and we are all grateful for her unending contributions to our beloved state and nation. Our prayers are with her, President Bush, and the entire Bush family during this difficult time.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 15, 2018
Barbara Bush was a graceful First Lady who has dedicated her life to improving education and promoting literacy. Our family wishes Barbara and the rest of the Bush family the best during this difficult time. https://t.co/9LzCengWRg
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) April 15, 2018
Despite being a life-long Democrat, I really like and respect Barbara Bush. She is the epitome a strong Matriarch and represented America so well as First Lady-I am thinking about her today. ❤️
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) April 15, 2018
Barbara Bush has taught us all so much. Courageous, joyful, patriotic, faithful, charitable, studious, hilarious. There are not enough characters to describe her character. ?? pic.twitter.com/b3R1fYBHcX
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) April 15, 2018
The staff at the White House, ushers, housekeepers, groundskeepers, etc absolutely adore Mrs. Bush…that tells you a lot about a person. pic.twitter.com/Chvwp6MyBN
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) April 15, 2018
As a Democrat, a former Obama Appointee, and American, this breaks my heart. First Lady Barbara Bush is the definition of class. I hope she feels all the love she deserves in these tender moments with her family. America loves you, Madame First Lady. ?
— Ryan Robison (@ryrobison) April 15, 2018
real thoughts and real prayers ♥️ https://t.co/mv677T4N1W
— alyssa mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) April 15, 2018
We join Texans across the state in keeping the First Lady and the entire Bush family in our thoughts.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 15, 2018
I’ve known #BarbaraBush for 30 years. She is as proud, tough, protective of her family and patient as you would expect a wife and mother of presidents to be. She helped both in sensible, family-centric ways; in that sense is as much a patriotic, civic-minded leader as they are.
— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) April 15, 2018
In a time where political polarization appears to be the norm, and it’s hard to find bipartisan agreement for much of anything, it was encouraging to see politicians, activists, and journalists; Democrats and Republicans; and liberals and conservatives all come together to recognize Barbara Bush’s incredible legacy.
It speaks volumes about the kind of person Barbara Bush is.
Bush, 92, recently downplayed her medical situation to Smith College while affirming her love for her husband, who she married in 1945.
“I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe. I’m not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!” Bush told Smith Alumnae Quarterly for its spring 2018 issue, published last month. She also wrote, “I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago.”
Here’s to hoping and praying for the best for Barbara Bush and the entire Bush family.
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