Fam­ily lifts spir­its of former first lady Bar­bara Bush

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One day af­ter the Bush fam­ily an­nounced that Bar­bara Bush was in fail­ing health, her grand­daugh­ter said the former first lady is in “great spir­its.”

“She is the best grandma any­body could have,” Jenna Bush Hager said on the “To­day” show. “She’s in great spir­its, and she’s a fighter, she’s an en­forcer.”

Bush, the ma­tri­arch of the po­lit­i­cal fam­ily, has de­clined fur­ther med­i­cal treat­ment for a life-threat­en­ing ill­ness. Hager said her grand­mother was with her grand­fa­ther, former pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, “the man she’s loved for over 73 years.”

“They are sur­rounded by fam­ily,” she said. “I think the fact that they’re to­gether in this and he still says, ‘I love you, Bar­bie,’ ev­ery night is pretty re­mark­able.”


Bar­bara Bush in 2005.

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