Bar­bara Bush – Ma­tri­ach of Re­pub­li­can party

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Bar­bara Bush, left and Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush.

daugh­ter Cheri’s 55th birth­day, April 17th.

It would hurt me when I moved through­out the Black com­mu­nity or watched CNN and would hear noth­ing but neg­a­tive stuff about the Bush fam­ily, es­pe­cially Jeb and Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. What­ever they said about them al­ways ei­ther be­gan or ended with, “You know the Bushes are racists”.

Even chil­dren would re­peat it. I re­mem­ber one day I was giv­ing a speech to a group of young Black kids in Co­conut Grove and when I men­tioned that I had done Jeb’s cam­paign for Gov­er­nor, one lit­tle girl yelled, “I hate Jeb Bush”. She had to be only about 10 or so. I told the kids about my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with Jeb.

I can only won­der how it must have hurt Bar­bara Bush to hear peo­ple call her sons racists. She didn’t raise her chil­dren that way. She raised them to love every­body. In fact, most peo­ple don’t know it, but her son Neil Bush sat on the board of the United Ne­gro Col­lege Fund (UNCF) for years and raised more money for Black stu­dents to go to col­lege than all the other board mem­bers com­bined.

I was priv­i­leged to meet three of her sons – Jeb, Neil, and G.W. (as I called POTUS) – and her grand­son, Jeb Bush, Jr. and Jeb’s wife, Columba.

Bar­bara Bush was a great lady and a true Chris­tian. This past Sun­day, Pas­tor Jack­son preached the ser­mon,“I’m About That Life”, mean­ing as true Chris­tians, we ought to be about the life that re­flects the life that Je­sus would want us to live.

Bar­bara Bush was about the life that Je­sus wanted her to live. She taught her chil­dren, her grand­chil­dren and her great, grand­chil­dren how to live as true Chris­tians – how to serve. She was a vir­tu­ous woman.

Proverbs 31:10 (KJV) says,“Who can find a vir­tu­ous woman? For her price is far above ru­bies." Proverbs 12:4 (KJV) says,“A vir­tu­ous woman is a crown to her hus­band."

Bar­bara Bush was not only a crown to her hus­band, POTUS #41, but also to her son, POTUS #43 and to the en­tire Re­pub­li­can Party. They should re­mem­ber her legacy and Congress should re­turn to the ci­vil­ity she em­bod­ied.

Rest in Peace Bar­bara Bush. The world will truly miss you. I know I will. I can hear Je­sus say,“Ser­vant, well done."

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF FA­MOUS BI­OGRA­PHIES

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