— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton) April 16, 2018 My grandmother's entire life was focused on others.For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. Bush and mother of six, including former president George W. Here are some things to know about her: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years, with a goal to improve the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. She later said that dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother." Her son George said that a "crowning achievement" of his father, who was fond of coming up with nicknames for friends and family, was anointing Barbara, "The Silver Fox."Barbara Bush's triple-strand false pearl necklace sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989.She penned a children's book called Fred's Story in 1984 and then donated all proceeds to literacy charities."Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so many of the other problems facing our society," she wrote in her 1994 memoir. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image.Hager also commented on her grandparents' relationship, telling viewers, "She's with my grandpa, the man she's loved for over 73 years.
She also has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalized a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer.Their Democratic challengers, Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, questioned whether wealthy people like the Bushes could relate to average Americans.An irritated Barbara Bush told a reporter that Ferraro was a " million — I can't say it — but it rhymes with rich." Bush later said she meant "witch" and apologized; Ferraro accepted the apology.Barbara Bush after a series of recent hospitalizations, a spokesman for the Bush family said Sunday.On Sunday, Bush Family spokesperson Jim Mc Grath said Mrs. Jeb Bush also visited recently but have since left.
Despite her fiery side, White House staff knew her to be one of the friendliest, and easiest First Ladies to work with.