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Bush, served as Commander in Chief, had been married to the 41st president of the United States for 73 years.
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Described as a true love story, here is an inside look at the longest marriage in US presidential history:. Source: Associated Press. Source: Business Insider. Source: "What It Takes". Sources: Jenna Bush , Associated Press.
George and Barbara Bush, a 'storybook' 73-year marriage
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Barbara Pierce and George Bush met at a dance over Christmas vacation in She was 17 and he was 18, and Barbara claims that George was the first boy she ever kissed. After dating for a year and a half, the two became engaged and planned to get married before George went off to serve in World War II as a Navy pilot.
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He famously named three of his Navy planes after her, and the two shared love letters while he was away. He was 20 and she was In the first year of their marriage, they moved around to Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia because of George's naval base assignments.
Robin died of leukemia at the age of three. After the war was over, George and Barbara moved the family to Texas, where he entered the oil business. The couple has moved over two dozen times during their marriage. George was elected as a congressman from Texas in , and Barbara took care of the children as he campaigned. She would sometimes join him on the trail, and would be there every step of the way as he moved up in the political world.
Nevertheless, he accepted the offer. When the Bush family lived in China while George served as head of the US Liaison Office under President Gerald Ford, the couple would regularly take bike rides and explore their new home.
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Bush joined Reagan's winning ticket as his vice presidential candidate and helped the Republicans take back the White House. When George ran for the presidency in , Barbara again campaigned actively for him and became the second candidate's wife to speak on their behalf at the party convention.
George became the 41st president of the United States. Bush was at his wife's side when she died on April 12 at age 92 and had been holding her hand all day. Her death was followed by his own on Friday, about eight months later. He was The couple's relationship was a true love story, which granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager has described as "remarkable.
They had six children, including Hager's father, former President George W. Bush, making Barbara Bush one of only two first ladies to also be a presidential mother. Bush had described the mother of their six children as "the mainstay, of course, the parent who was always there to help solve the daily problems and emergencies of teen and preteen life. In her memoir, Barbara Bush described her and her husband as "the two luckiest people in the world, and when all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends. We have been inordinately blessed, and we know that.
The band was playing Glenn Miller tunes and he asked a friend from Rye, New York, if he knew the girl across the room in the green and red holiday dress. The friend introduced him to Barbara Pierce, a publisher's daughter from Rye who was going to school in South Carolina.
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And several more after that, talking and getting to know each other," George Bush said. Within eight months, they'd met each other's families, were engaged in August and married Jan. He'd been the Navy's youngest aviator when he got his wings and carried the name "Barbara" on his Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber. After the war, he attended Yale and they moved to Texas. Her husband made his mark in the oil business as the couple grew their family and turned to politics, a journey that would take them around the world and into the White House.
Photos taken of the couple by The Associated Press over the decades have captured moments of care, such as when Barbara Bush applied sunscreen to the 41st president's nose at a baseball game between the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners; and candor, notably after Bush stepped on his wife's toe in while boarding Air Force One. Just last year, allegations surfaced that Bush, who for more than five years has used a wheelchair for mobility, inappropriately touched more than a half dozen women on their buttocks as they stood next to him to take photos.
Through family spokesman Jim McGrath, Bush issued repeated apologies "to anyone he has offended. Also last year, they both wound up in the same Houston hospital — the former president with pneumonia, his wife with bronchitis. In , she told C-SPAN in an interview that they pray aloud each night "and sometimes we fight over whose turn it is.