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Spokesman: Barbara Bush in failing health

Spokesman: Barbara Bush in failing health

"Following a series of hospitalisations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs".

Bush, 92, will instead focus on receiving "comfort care", the statement said.

McGrath didn't elaborate on Bush's well being issues.

In 2009 she underwent heart surgery for a narrowing of her main heart valve and a year earlier she had surgery on a perforated ulcer.

"The President's and First Lady's prayers are with all of the Bush Family during this time", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Her husband, former President George Bush, was with her, along with her children Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. And of her president son, she once said, "I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time".

Romer recalls Mrs. Bush as being a moderating force of her husband's presidency.

Barbara and George H.W. Bush received a standing ovation at the Super Bowl in 2017 shortly after both were discharged from a Houston hospital for different reasons.

As first lady from 1989 until the start of 1993, Bush was a popular national figure known for her sometimes blunt talk and self-deprecating wit.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he was "praying" for Bush and her family and called her "a special woman, whose great faith and love for her country inspires us all".

As first lady, she pushed family literacy, and established a foundation for the cause.

Husband George, the nation's 41st president, is now 93 years old and struggling with a Parkinson's-like disease that forces him to use a wheelchair and makes it hard for him to speak. After he returned on leave, she dropped out of Smith College, and the two married in January 1945.

"She never was an embarrassment", Romer said.

"She is more than a matriarch", Card said by telephone Sunday.

Our media partners at WMTW spoke to store employees in downtown Kennebunkport who say they have sweet memories of her, buying candy for the secret service, and walking her dogs on the beach and that they are sad to hear the news about her health. She married at age 19 whereas George Bush was a younger naval aviator. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image. Their Democratic challengers, Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, questioned whether wealthy people like the Bushes could relate to average Americans. Barbara Pierce was born in NY and met her future husband at age 16.

After the war ended the couple moves around the USA before settling in Midland, Texas, as Mr Bush pursued a career in the oil industry and eventually in politics. Proceeds from the books benefited grownup and household literacy packages.


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