However, it seems a letter sent to the first lady from Marge Simpson made the former see the cartoon family in a different light.
Bush said he and his wife visited with his ailing mother about a week before her death and spoke with her on the phone Tuesday before Barbara Bush passed away. She was a major influence on husband John Adams, the nation's second president, but died before son John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824.
Dr. Haider Warraich, a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Duke University Medical Center and author of the book "Modern Death", also applauded the Bush family for putting the phrase "comfort care" into the public sphere so that other people can consider it "a viable option at the end of life". And if something was important to her, she let it be known. "She taught us to serve others, she taught us to be civil, she taught us to love your family with your heart and soul".
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In the White House, "you need a friend, someone who loves you, who's going to say, 'You are great, '" Mrs.
Bush is pictured with his mother Barbara in August 1992 at the Republican National Convention in Houston. She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. "And I hate to tell her, she was America's grandmother". She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. "I just think she was a classy, witty woman". Always a role model. Barbara joked that George and I spent so much time together I had become nearly a member of the family, the "black sheep" that had gone astray.
A champion of literacy, Bush worked hard to fund programs that would teach parents of low-income families to read and pass their love for reading onto their children and created the Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy. "We know that through them her remarkable strength, warmth and wit, and her devotion to our country will live on." .
Becker released a statement Tuesday night saying the former president is broken-hearted, but he "is being stoic and strong" during this challenging time.
Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor Bush. Both Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton will attend Bush's funeral, sources told CNN, along with their husbands.