Barbara Bush

Summary of Barbara Bush - First Lady of America
Our summary and fast facts about Barbara Bush provides an interesting and easy way to learn about the life of the First Lady of President George H Bush.
Barbara Bush was a popular First Lady with a homely image as as "everybody's grandmother". She was a genial hostess at the White House organizing successful social events and parties. Behind the image was an intelligent, powerful and determined woman. She dedicated her time in support of literacy and education-based programs,  establishing the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Facts about Barbara Bush - First Lady "The Enforcer"
Barbara Bush undertook the role of First Lady to George H Bush, the 41st President of the United States who served in office from January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993.  What was the life of Barbara Bush like? The Facts about Barbara Bush covers important information, dates and interesting facts about her birth, her early life, her family, her personality with a biography and the accomplishments of Barbara Bush as the First Lady of the United States of America - the wife and the mother of US Presidents.

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Facts about Barbara Bush: Fact Sheet of Barbara Bush
Facts and Info: This fast fact sheet provides important information about Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States of America.

Barbara Bush Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President George H Bush

Relationship to President George H Bush: Wife

Date entered White House as First Lady: January 20, 1989

Term of Presidency: 1989-1993

When and where was Barbara Bush born?  

She was born on June 8, 1925 in New York, New York

What was the name of her father and mother?

The name of her parents: Marvin Pierce & Pauline Robinson Pierce

What was her relationship to President George H Bush?

She was his wife. Barbara Pierce Bush was wife of a Vice President, First Lady, and then mother of a President.

When did she marry?

January 6, 1945 to George Herbert Walker Bush

What are the names of her children?

The names of her children were George Walker (1946 – present), Pauline Robinson “Robin” (1949 – 1953), John Ellis “Jeb” (1953 – present), Neil Mallon (1955 – present), Marvin Pierce (1956 – present), Dorothy Pierce (1959 – present)

Where was Barbara Bush educated?

She was educated at Smith College in 1943 – 1944 in Northampton, Massachusetts

Barbara Bush Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President George H Bush

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Facts about Barbara Bush: Fast Overview of Events in the White House
Facts and Info: Barbara Bush assumed the position of First Lady to President George H Bush. She witnessed the important events of his presidency that included
the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. During his presidency the U.S. in the 1991 Persian Gulf War against Iraq.

Personality and Character: Barbara Bush Quotes
Facts and Info: An insight into the personal views, character and personality of this First Lady may be obtained from the following Barbara Bush quotes:

"The wife of the president of the United States is probably the most spoiled woman in the world. You’d have to be awfully spoiled if you lived the life we live and wished for something else."

"Today you can no longer say, ‘The drug problem worries me’ or ‘Crime worries me’ or ‘Illiteracy worries me.’ If it worries you, then you’ve got to do something about it."

Facts about Barbara Bush: Her Nickname or Pet Name, "The Enforcer"
Facts and Info: This First Lady was known by the nickname of "The Enforcer". She was the matriarch of the family and told everyone what to do, and made sure it was done.

Facts about Barbara Bush: First Events
Facts and Info: She was the 1st First Lady to
write a memoir from her dog’s perspective. The memoir was called Millie’s Book. Barbara Bush and Abigail Adams were wives and mothers of presidents.

Facts about the Causes and Accomplishments of Barbara Bush
Facts and Info: First Ladies are not elected so have no official role. Their accomplishments are therefore based on their own particular wishes that ranged from political interests, humanitarian and charitable causes or duties relating to their family or social responsibilities. The causes and accomplishments of Barbara Bush were demonstrated in her support of single working mothers, cancer, AIDS, homelessness, literacy and education-based programs. Barbara Bush, like Abigail Adams, was not only the wife of a President, she was also the mother of a President.

Facts about Barbara Bush: The Early Life of Barbara Bush
Facts and Info: Barbara Bush was born on June 8, 1925 in New York. Her parents were Marvin Pierce & Pauline Robinson Pierce. Her wealthy father was  President of McCall [Publishing] Corporation. Barbara enjoyed a privileged upbringing and was well educated. She acquired a love of reading at an early age which was fuelled by her father's occupation in the publishing industry. Barbara met George Bush when she was 16 years old at a 1941 Christmas dance and the couple became engaged 18 months later. Barbara attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and George was educated at Yale and became a navy pilot. Barbara dropped out of college in her second year at college in 1944 and married George Bush on January 6, 1945 when she was 19 years old. The couple had six children, her daughter 'Robin, died in infancy. Barbara was an intelligent, witty, gregarious woman with a warm and relaxed manner which would eventually lead to her image as "everybody's grandmother". Barbara Bush supported her husband throughout his political career and had acquired the knowledge and experience of being a vice presidential candidate's wife by the time her husband was nominated for the presidency at the 1988 Republican Convention. In 1988 Barbara Bush was diagnosed with Grave's disease, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid, but this did not deter her from undertaking the arduous role of First Lady of America.

Facts about Barbara Bush: Life at the White House
Facts and Info: George H. Bush was elected President of the United States and Barbara Bush assumed the role as First Lady on January 20, 1989. As First Lady Barbara took a cautious, back seat in her husband's political career, working closely with him in the background. She was a successful social hostess and she was happy to nurture her 'homely' image which was popular with the public. Her Springer spaniel "Millie" had puppies and this event attracted significant news coverage including making the cover of Life magazine. Barbara Bush was reported as walking her dogs on the White House lawn in her slippers and housecoat. Barbara Bush concentrated many of her efforts on helping to eradicate illiteracy in America. She appeared on television shows and wrote several books, the proceeds of which she donated to educational based charities. She established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. George Bush lost the 1992 presidential election and the couple left the White House on January 20, 1993.

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