R.I.P. Barbara Bush

Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.

The Washington Post obituary is here.

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    ... as are we all. She was a child of privilege who was born into a family of wealthy northeastern bluebloods, and at age 19 she married into another of the same. Having lived in such a comfortably sheltered environment for her entire life, it's no small wonder that she occasionally said things that rubbed some of us the wrong way. But honestly, I generally thought that she spoke out of ignorance -- which, admittedly, appeared sometimes willful -- rather than from any sense of personal malice.

    And regardless of whether it came from an instilled sense of noblesse oblige on her part or not, I always appreciated Mrs. Bush's genuine support of public efforts to increase the reading and literacy rate in this country, which has long been an issue that's near and dear to my own heart.

    As the parent of a now-adult daughter who was inordinately headstrong and obstinate as a child, which caused me a lot of consternation back then, I'll always remember a self-deprecating comment Barbara Bush offered about her her own struggle with son George W.'s stubborn willfulness during his early years. "Tenacity is something you want in a president," she said, "but not necessarily in your own six-year-old."

    My sincere condolences to the Bush family of the occasion of their loss.

    Barbara Bush on her support for literacy. (none / 0) (#7)
    by vml68 on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 11:31:00 AM EST
    The republican party (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 17, 2018 at 08:28:57 PM EST
    Of the Bush family is looking a lot better than it used to.

    They were wrong (none / 0) (#2)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 17, 2018 at 08:32:50 PM EST
    but they weren't completely batsh*t crazy.

    We here in Colorado... (none / 0) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 12:00:10 AM EST
    are still having to deal with the Bush (and Romney) family. Walker Stapleton, nephew of GHW and cousin of Bush the Lesser is the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for Governor. A campaign that is already clouded by shady shenanigans and controversy - its a big tree that the apples don't fall far from.

    That is about the nicest thing I can say about any Bush.

    Sorry.. (none / 0) (#5)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 12:20:01 AM EST
    First cousin to GHW and 2nd cousin to W. His Great Grandfather, Ben Stapleton was Mayor of Denver for two terms during 1920 - 1940 and a high ranking offical of the KKK.

    Btw, also passing away... (none / 0) (#6)
    by desertswine on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 12:37:42 AM EST
    on 8 April, the fabulous Chuck McCann, a man who had a positive influence on the world, and me, as a kid I found his TV shows hilarious.

    Trumps tribute (none / 0) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 12:55:09 PM EST
    to Barbara Bush: "Melania and I join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush,"   dateline: White House, April 17,2017.

    It's hard to get good proofreaders these days (none / 0) (#9)
    by Peter G on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 04:50:09 PM EST
    among the 30% who oppose education and mistrust actual qualifications.

    At least (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 04:56:24 PM EST
    They spelled her name right

    Trump is giving the boilerplate (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 05:07:59 PM EST
    "Thoughts and prayers" thing about Mrs Bush.

    Then he, as he does, improvised.

    "Married for 73 years, 73... I will never reach that" smirk.