When George H. W. Bush was inaugurated on January 20, 1989, the media, the nation, and the world turned their focus entirely on the Massachusetts native and subsequently his marriage to former First Lady Barbara Bush—they later became the nation’s longest married presidential couple, epitomizing a lasting and enduring love.
Amid the 41st president’s newly assumed duty to serve the entire nation, he would continue to serve his wife and subsequently complete one of the best love stories in politics. And, here it is…
The former president married Barbara Bush, who passed away this year on April 17, on January 6, 1945, four years after they first met in their teens and a year before the birth of George W. Bush—the country’s eventual 43rd president. Little did they know their love and their relationship would be on display for the nation and the world to see as the elder George pursued a business opportunity in Texas and later joined the military and eventually the political realm.
During Bush’s time serving in the military, the two remained connected by writing letters to one another, letters they kept for several decades.
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They are the longest-married couple in presidential history and if you need evidence that true love exists, look no further than George H.W. and Barbara Bush.
The couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January. After a long-distance courtship, the two wed on Jan. 6, 1945. The lovebirds met at a dance in 1941 when George H.W. Bush was 16 years old and Barbara was home from boarding school during a holiday break. They were engaged right before he was shipped overseas as a naval pilot during World War II and married in Rye, N.Y.
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George H.W. Bush left a legacy in the White House and the political realm, but he also showed the world how to love with a full heart, to remain genuine and faithful, to prioritize family.
The Daily Wire reports Bush’s last words were, “I love you, too,” which he said to his son, George W. Bush, in a phone call on Friday night.
According to the report, who cites James Baker III, Bush’s former secretary of state and lifelong friend, Bush passed peacefully in his sleep.
“It was as gentle a passing as I think you could ever expect anyone to have,” Baker said. “And he was ready.”
“There was no question he knew where he was going and who he was going to be with,” said Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson Jr., rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, per the Daily Wire. “He was looking forward to being with Barbara and Robin again.”
Barbara, his wife of 73 years, passed away in April and Robin, their daughter, died in 1953 of leukemia at the age of 3.
Bush’s son, Neil, was also there, as were other family members and some friends. Bush spoke with his other children by phone in the last few minutes of his life – including the 43rd president, who was put on speaker phone and praised him as a “wonderful dad.”
In Bush’s final hours, acclaimed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan also stopped by the Houston house, where he sang “Silent Night.”
Now, with George’s passing, he and Barbara are together again: