Ge­orge H.W. Bush & Bar­bara Bush

1924–2018 1925–2018

Closer Weekly - - In Memoriam -

“The key to their mar­riage was a good sense of hu­mor, and also theirs was a true love,” fam­ily friend Brad Meltzer tells Closer of the 41st pres­i­dent and his first lady. “They laughed to­gether, cried to­gether — they did ev­ery­thing to­gether. In al­most ev­ery pic­ture they are hold­ing hands!” Ge­orge en­listed in the Navy on his 18th birth­day, six months after the Ja­panese at­tack on Pearl Har­bor. As a pi­lot, he flew 58 com­bat mis­sions and was shot down. While still in the Navy, he mar­ried Bar­bara, and they later had six chil­dren (one daugh­ter, Robin, trag­i­cally died of leukemia at the age of 3 in 1953). After two terms as Ron­ald Rea­gan’s VP, Ge­orge won the pres­i­dency in 1988, and son Ge­orge W. fol­lowed in his foot­steps 12 years later. His beloved Bar­bara died in April, and Ge­orge H.W. fol­lowed her seven months later. Said Ge­orge W., “After Mom died, all he re­ally wanted to do was hold her hand again.”

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