Barbara Bush: Presidents, Politicians and Media Figures Remember Former First Lady

“Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end,” president George W. Bush says in a statement

Last Updated: April 17, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

Prominent political figures and media personalities paid tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush following her death on Tuesday, including her own family.

“My dear mother has passed on at age 92,” former president George W. Bush said in a statement. “Laura, Barbara, Jenna and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was … Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother.”

“My grandmother didn’t just live life; she lived it well,” wrote George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. “And the sorrow of her loss is softened by the knowledge of her impact on our family and our country. I will miss you, Ganny–but know we will see you again.”

“Barbara Bush was the rock of a family dedicated to public service … We’ll always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House,” former president Barack Obama said in a statement.

Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush and first lady of the United States from 1989-1993, had suffered COPD and congestive heart failure in recent years, leading to the announcement on Sunday that she had chosen to “focus on comfort care” and would not seek further medical treatment.

In a joint statement, president Donald Trump and wife Melania hailed Bush’s many achievements, highlighting her work to promote literacy as “a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection.”

“She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well,” they continued.

Read more reactions to the former first lady’s death below: