Political and Christian Leaders on the Passing of Barbara Bush

America’s leading political and religious figures have come together to offer their condolences to the family of former first lady of the United States Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92.

Big-name preachers such as Joel Osteen and Franklin Graham, including former presidents and current First Lady Melania Trump, all hailed Bush’s dedication, service to others, and commitment to family.

Former President George H.W. Bush’s website announced the news on Tuesday evening, noting that she leaves behind her husband of 73 years, including five children and their spouses, as well as 17 grandchildren.

Barbara Bush’s ailing health led to several hospitalizations in the past few years, and on Sunday the Office of George H.W. Bush revealed that she would not seek further medical treatment, instead choosing to live out her last days focusing on “comfort care.”

On the following pages are six reactions from major political and Christian figures on the passing of Barbara Bush, a lifetime Episcopalian.

1. Bush Family

George W. Bush, the 43rd U.S. President and son of Barbara Bush, issued a statement on his website reflecting on some of his mother’s greatest virtues.

“My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions,” he wrote.

“To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and second son of Barbara Bush, added on Facebook:

“Columba and I join every member of the Bush family in offering our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support for my Mom in recent days, and throughout her remarkable life. I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush.”

He wrote: “Thank you for your prayers, and we look forward to celebrating and honoring her life and contributions to our family and great nation in the coming days.”

2. Melania Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump’s wife, first lady Melania Trump, released a statement on the White House website saying that it is important both to mourn the loss, but also to celebrate the life and achievements of Barbara Bush.

“Our hearts are with the Bush family as we celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Barbara Bush. Throughout her life, she put family and country above all else,” Trump wrote.

“Her dedicated service to the American people was matched only by her compassion and love of family. She was a woman of strength and we will always remember her for her most important roles of wife, mother, and First Lady of the United States,” the current first lady continued.

“My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with the Bush family as we honor her legacy.”

3. Barack Obama

Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. President, who succeeded Barbara Bush’s son at the White House, revealed that the former first lady had helped both him and his wife, Michelle.

“Barbara Bush was the rock of a family dedicated to public service, and our thoughts and prayers are with both Presidents Bush and the entire Bush family tonight,” the Obamas said in a statement published on Twitter.

“We’ll always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we’re even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the America spirit,” the statement continued.

“She’ll be remembered for passing those American values on to her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren — and to the countless citizens whom she and George inspired to become ‘points of light’ in service to others.”

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Source: Christian Post