CNN Reports: Former President George H.W. Bush, who just buried his wife first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, is in intensive care, CNN has learned.
CNN Reports: Former President George H.W. Bush, who just buried his wife first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, is in intensive care, CNN has learned.
The men and women who make up the ranks of the Secret Service are some of the finest law enforcement officers in the country. Their loyalty and willingness to give their lives for someone they protect is awe-inspiring.
What’s even more impressive is their dedication to the job — all the way up until the end, as evidenced by these two fine agents who made sure the body of the late Barbara Bush was 100% protected until her burial…
Secret Service agents have been with George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush since 1989. They must remain professional, but there is no denying that many agents grow to care for the people they protect to some extent. This is exemplified by a photo of two Secret Service agents refusing to leave the side of Barbara’s casket.
On Friday, Barbara was laid to rest at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. She touched thousands of people’s lives when she was First Lady and continued to work to make America a better place even after her time in the White House.
It’s no surprise that Barbara had a strong influence on many lives —even the Secret Service members sworn to protect her.
“Agents on her detail, they’re the ones posted around her house all of the time. They’re the ones who bring her shopping. They’re the ones who bring her to events. They are family to her,” said Thom Bolsch, a former Secret Service agent who was tasked to protect the Bush family. “She was one of the most gracious people we’ve ever protected.”
He went on to rave about how the Secret Service agents in her household were treated like family. “She went out of her way to make us feel like part of the Bush family. It was just a wonderful relationship we had.”
The unnamed agents, who have been a part of the protective detail for Barbara Bush for quite some time now, have faithfully remained at her side, refusing to leave until she is buried, according to John Lopez, a local Huston reported.
“Barbara Bush’s Secret Service detail, several of whom have been with her for decades, refuse to leave her side until she is buried. Very powerful,” he wrote on Twitter.
Since her passing, even former Secret Service agents for the former First Lady have come out to praise remember her and speak fondly of her. Former agent Jonathan Wackrow, who wrote a powerful CNN article on Barbara, said her code name was “Tranquility,” which couldn’t have been more fitting.
“It exemplified her demeanor and its calming, humanizing and gentle effect on those around her. She will be forever missed.”
After the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush at the age of 92 last week, the Bush family began working on arranging a proper memorial service.
The Washington Examiner reported that Mrs. Bush died after spending her evening drinking bourbon and chatting with friends on the telephone. People from all around the world sent their condolences to the Bush family, including Melania Trump. She stated that Barbara Bush was “a woman of indisputable character and grace.”
Mrs. Trump explained in a statement, “It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady.”
Current First Lady Melania Trump has once again shown her class. Who Mrs. Trump invited to the funeral says a lot about her character.
The Hill reported that Melania brought two White House staffers as her guests to the funeral of Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas. These two particular staffers had close connections to the Bush family.
Conservative Tribune reported that “White House usher Buddy Carter and former White House head maitre d’ George Hainey were guests of the first lady at the service on Saturday.”
“She knew they were very close to the Bush family and wanted them to be able to pay their respects,” One of Mrs. Trump’s spokeswomen explained.
President Trump was not in attendance at the funeral service, but he was watching the live coverage from his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.
Barbara Bush attended Smith College and was known as a very modest first lady. She once stated, “All I ever did was marry and birth well.”
Conservative Tribune wrote of the former First Lady, “Much like her daughter-in-law Laura Bush, she made literacy the keystone cause of her time as first lady.”
Melania Trump seems to be following in the footsteps of Mrs. Bush in the sense that she has often been spotted reading to young children. Melania exudes the same class and elegance that Mrs. Bush carried herself with as well. She purposely invited two White House staffers, who knew Mrs. Bush and otherwise would not have been able to attend the funeral, to be her personal guests. That says a lot about her character and how she views respect. She gives what she expects to receive when it comes to respect.
Fox News reported on the passing of Mrs. Bush:
Now, this is the true meaning of loyalty. The two secret service agents who have protected former first lady Barbara Bush for the last two decades after leaving the White House in 1993 refused to leave the coffin of the woman they say treated them like family.
The two agents took turns standing next to the first lady’s coffin at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston as Texas mourners piled in in droves to pay their final respects to the former first lady of the United States.
They stood the whole time in the background as fans were greeted by former President George H.W. Bush in his wheelchair. They gave one final act of protection to the first lady and didn’t leave her site until the 92-year-old was laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library alongside Robin Bush who died of childhood leukemia at the age of 3 in 1954.
Via the Daily Mail:
George Bush was married to the love of his life and best friend Barbara Bush for 73 years, until her recent passing. Having been by each other’s sides for over seven decades, the loss is unimaginable for the former President of the United States. The new void in his life will never be filled and sadly, in many cases like this of couples who have spent the majority of their long lives together, when one dies, the other has shortly after. While we don’t have any indication that will happen here, we’re now learning of the crushing message that George secretly sent to his bride Barbara at her funeral.
Setting all politics and partisanism aside, there’s one thing that everyone on both sides of the aisle should see in this exceptional couple. They never strayed from their vows and made their marriage work for 73 years through a number of trials, including that of being POTUS and FLOTUS. Their dedication to each other is impressive and should be an example to all, especially in an era where the rate of divorce is on the rise. George Bush was with his wife until she was 92, having married her when she was just 19-years-old.
Even though they lived a long life together, it didn’t make her passing any easier for her husband who openly struggled at her funeral. He paid special tribute to Barbara in an unusual way that sent an exceptionally sweet message to the second most important thing to her after her family.
USA Today reports:
Former president George H. W. Bush honored his late wife by wearing socks with books on them to her funeral Saturday.
Neil Bush lost his mother Tuesday, but gained a grandson Thursday, completing what he called “the circle of life.”
Neil Bush’s daughter Lauren, a granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush and the late former first lady Barbara Bush, gave birth to a baby boy just two days after Barbara Bush died at age 92.
“Maria and I will always be grateful for being able to say a proper goodbye to our wonderful mother,” Neil Bush wrote on his Facebook page. “And then two days later, yesterday morning, two weeks before her due date, Lauren Bush Lauren gave birth to a beautiful 7 lb 8 oz baby boy Max Walker Lauren.”
Neil Bush’s daughter Lauren, whom he had with first wife Sharon, is married to David Lauren, son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, the New York Daily News reported.
The couple also has a 2-year-old son James, the report said.
“Maria and I were so blessed to spend lots of time with mom and dad during mom’s last weeks and we are so grateful for the condolences and the outpouring of love expressed towards her by many, many friends,” Neil wrote on his Facebook.
“Maria and I were so blessed to spend lots of time with mom and dad during mom’s last weeks and we are so grateful for the condolences and the outpouring of love expressed towards her by many, many friends.”
Barbara and George H.W. Bush had six children together: former President George W. Bush, Robin, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Robin Bush died of leukemia at age 3 in 1953.
A public visitation for the former first lady was held in Houston Friday. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, with burial at the George H.W. Bush library at Texas A&M University.
Fresno State University professor Randa Jarrar mocked the death of Barbara Bush, and then bragged that she can say whatever she wants and not be fired because she has tenure. She was proven to be sorely mistaken.
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words. PSA: either you are against these pieces of s**t and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is. I’m happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have,” tweeted Jarrar.
Then she bragged “I work as a tenured professor. I make 100K a year doing that. I will never be fired. I will always have people wanting to hear what I have to say.”
“This was beyond free speech. This was disrespectful. A professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish. We are all held accountable for our actions,” responded Fresno State president Joseph Castro.
“Does tenure mean that you technically cannot be fired? The answer to that is no. You can be fired,” said Fresno State’s Chief Academic Officer, Lynnette Zelezny. Ouch.
By now, you’ve likely heard about the Ultra-leftist Fresno State University professor who publicly celebrated former First Lady Barbara Bush’s passing with vile remarks and that it’s about time this “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal” died. Her foul rant was followed up with bragging about how she makes $100K a year and is tenured, so her employer couldn’t and wouldn’t fire her over her depraved statements. Being fired was the least of her worries with what she’s facing today, on the day of Barbara’s funeral.
Professor Randa Jarrar isn’t going down alone, she’s taking the entire university she works for with her. After all, the university had made a statement condoning her right to make these comments and refused to take action against her for it.
This trend of obnoxious squawk boxes consuming everyone’s attention and distracting from important things going on needs to end. For Jarrar, that couldn’t come a moment too soon as her foul mouth has proven her even more irritating that Parkland teen and anti-gun activist David Hogg. Luckily, the professor probably won’t get her full 15 minutes she was hoping for and her employer could be hit where it counts.
Rob Shimshockrom from The Daily Caller has the details:
The California professor who said she was “happy the witch” former first lady Barbara Bush “is dead” has her school scrambling to keep its donors, according to a Friday report.
Fresno State donor Ed Dunkel Jr. suggested to the Fresno Bee that he would wait for the conclusion of the school’s investigation into Jarrar before deciding whether or not to keep donating.
“I admire and have a lot of respect for President (Joseph) Castro and huge affection for Fresno State,” Dunkel said. “But I have huge concerns. This represents such an embarrassment to the university and the community. It’s hard to believe this is an isolated thing that just happened. I have to imagine people previously knew of this person’s character and what she’s about.”
The donor said he had friends who also donated to the school and are discussing withdrawing their financial support, as well as questioning whether they will send their children to Fresno State.
There’s no denying Jarrar’s right to express her hateful self with whatever vicious thing she wants to say. But she’s not protected from the consequences of those who are paying and don’t want a part of her rhetoric. Donors also have the right to pull funding if they don’t support, and who would support this comment from a financial sense? Let’s remember, this is her full statement that she’s now trying to become infamous for:
From the Fresno Bee:
Within an hour of the official announcement that Bush, the wife of former president George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday at age 92., Jarrar took to social media to call the former first lady an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal.” Jarrar also expressed no concern that she could be fired or reprimanded for her outspokenness.
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Jarrar wrote on Twitter. “F— outta here with your nice words.”
Donor Dunkel didn’t hold back when he expressed his outrage over the “professors” remarks, as reported by Fox News:
“I have a lot of friends that I’ve been talking to, and these are people who donate now and talking about holding back, and some are even questioning whether to send their kids to Fresno State,” Dunkel told the Fresno Bee.
Fresno State President Joseph Castro acknowledged that he’s been having conversations with donors regarding the controversy.
“The conversations I’m having are more about their concern, and I share that concern. I understand where they’re coming from. I’m asking them for understanding here as we work through the complexities of this issue,” he told the Fresno Bee.
“They’re outraged, and I’m outraged as well,” he added. “This is behavior that is unacceptable as a university that models the development of leaders. We just cannot tolerate it.”
It appears that there is actually an intelligent person associated with this university. It should be concerning to every American on both sides of the aisle that a person with as much hate and cruelty is “educating” others. Who would pay for that kind of education? It doesn’t turn out successful contributors to society.
Former President George H.W. Bush sat next to his wife Barbara Bush’s coffin on Friday in Houston, greeting mourners who came to pay their respect to his late wife.
Barbara and George were married for 73-years. She passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92, with her husband by her side.
The former President was not expected to attend Friday’s viewing, but took a spur of the moment decision to do so.
‘He just said, “I want to go.” It was completely spontaneous’ an aide for George, told NBC News.
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An eternally loving husband: Former President George H.W. Bush sits in his wheelchair quietly gazing towards the casket for his wife of 73-years, Barbara Bush. The powerful photo, taken before the visitors arrived, shows daughter Dorothy placing a comforting hand on his shoulder
Still has a smile on his face: Former President Bush still found time to talk to mourners, including this child and her family, with her daughter Dorothy ‘Doro’ Bush
‘I think he was very touched by all of the people who were taking the time out of their lives,’ family spokesman Jim McGrath said.
A touching image of the former president showed him sitting in his wheelchair, quietly gazing at his wife’s casket.
His daughter Dorothy is seen standing behind him, placing a comforting hand on his shoulder, also looking towards her mother.
Bush Snr also took the time to speak with some of the mourners as they passed his wife’s coffin. A touching photo shows him smiling while chatting with a young girl and her family.
Dozens of pink and yellow roses covered her closed, silver metallic casket in the sanctuary of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
The 93-year-old former president arrived shortly after a daylong public viewing began, sitting in a wheelchair nearby and smiling as people shook his outstretched hand and offered condolences.
Thousands attended Barbara’s general public viewing throughout Friday, which will last from noon to midnight.
Officials say about 1,600 people had paid their respects in just the first hour of public viewing.
Bush stayed by his wife’s coffin as mourners walked up to greet the president. His wife Barbara’s funeral will be held Saturday
The 41st president spoke with many mourners as they visited his wife’s coffin
The former president shook hands with mourners, while sitting by his wife’s side during the public viewing Friday
The couple are seen together, holding hands, during the presentation of the annual Mensch Awards in March, 2017
Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas
Mourners pause as the former first lady lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas
Mourners cried and wiped their eyes outside of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, as thousands arrived to honor the late first lady
A woman in a wheelchair pays her respects to the former first lady with a group of fellow mourners
Dorothy Hanson holds the program as she leaves the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush
People lined up hours early (pictured. left) as they waited for the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush Friday, in Houston (her casket before the viewing began Friday at noon, right). Barbara Bush died Tuesday, at the age of 92
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson (left) attends the public viewing of Barbara on Friday
A man and a woman on the left of the coffin are seen kneeling in prayer during the visitation
Thousands attended Barbara’s general public viewing throughout Friday, which will last from noon to midnight. Officials say about 1,600 people had paid their respects in just the first hour of public viewing
People line up as they wait for the visitation of former first lady on Friday, 24 hours before her funeral
Barbara, pictured laughing alongside her husband of 73-years, former President George H.W. Bush. The former first lady passed away at 92-years-old on Tuesday
Barbara’s body lay in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 717 Sage Road in Houston, the nation’s largest Episcopal church.
People lined up hours early to honor the beloved former first lady. Many women wore blue, Barbara’s favorite color, and pearls, her go-to neckwear jewelry.
Some politicians, including President Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, were pictured in attendance on Friday.
A hearse containing the former first lady’s casket arrived at church before daybreak.
An invitation-only funeral is set for Saturday. She’ll be buried later in the day behind her husband’s presidential library.
The gated plot is in an area surrounded by trees and near a creek where the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Robin, is buried. She died of leukemia in 1953.
Her funeral is expected to be attended by her family, which includes husband George H.W. Bush, sons George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Neil Bush and Marvin Bush, daughter Dorothy Bush Koch and more.
In Barbara Bush’s last days before passing, her children and grandchildren drew close to her to spend the final days together.
Jenna Bush loved spending time with her grandmother, they had developed a special relationship together. Jenna loved and admired her, she was especially fond of her grandparents 70 marriage.
After Barbara passed away, Jenna was asked to be on the Today Show where she gave an emotional tribute to her grandmother.
According to People, Jenna Bush Hager paid a beautiful tribute to her late grandmother, Barbara Bush, on Today, Thursday, reading an emotional letter to the former first lady and updating well-wishers on how her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, is coping with his wife’s death.
The Today correspondent read the sweet message addressed directly to her grandmother, who died at 92 on Tuesday, saying, “You are our family’s rock, the glue that held us together.”
“I hope you know in your final days how many people prayed for you,” said Jenna. “How many people told me they loved you. People stopped me everywhere — in airports, on the street — and declared their love for you.”
Continued Jenna, “We called you the enforcer. It was because you were a force and you wrote the rules. Your rules were simple: treat everyone equally, don’t look down on anyone, use your voices for good, read all the great books.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 19, 2018
Jenna, 36, also opened up about her grandparents 73-year marriage, saying, “You and Gampy embodied unconditional love.” She added that she’ll pass the couple’s love letters down to her own children “so they know what true devotion looks like.”
The mom of two also revealed one of the former first lady’s “final emails” to her, that arrived with only “You” in the subject line.
“In the body of the email you wrote, ‘I am watching you. I love you. Ganny.’ ”
After reading the end of the note, Jenna spoke to the Today co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, as well as Craig Melvin, from the phone, revealing that the Bush family is “doing well” in the wake of their loss.
“It’s a mixture of waves of great gratitude for a life well-lived. She lived the best life.” @JennaBushHager updates @savannahguthrie, @hodakotb and @craigmelvin on how her family is doing after the passing of Barbara Bush pic.twitter.com/CApLxuznKk
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 19, 2018
“It”s a mixture of waves of great gratitude of life well lived… and also for the tributes that are pouring in,” Jenna said, adding, “and then of course pangs of sadness because she will be so dearly missed.”
Of her grandfather, Jenna told the hosts, “He misses her of course.”
“He loved her, he loves fiercely,” she added of the former president, “but because he loves so fiercely, I think in his own way, in his old age, he’s trying to be the one to make the jokes because he doesn’t want us to worry about him.”
In his first public statement since the former first lady’s passing, the former president said through his spokesman, Jim McGrath, on Wednesday: “I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex about that fact.
“But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up,” the 93-year-old continued. “We have faith she is heaven, and we know life will go on — as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list.”
Jenna’s tribute to her grandmother Barbara Bush was amazing. The former first lady was well respected from both sides of the aisle. She was a classy lady articlate woman that was clearly loved by her family. But the most remarkable part of Jenna’s tribute was the fierceness of George Bush’s marriage to Barbara. It’s rare to see a couple that has been married for 70 years itis difneately a tribute their character.