Barbara Bush – Matriach of Republican party
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."