Meet FLOTUS 41, inspired by First Lady Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush was loved by both the American people and the press. She was called “everybody’s grandmother.” Her trademark white hair, her warm, relaxed manner, and her keen wit made everyone around her comfortable. With characteristic directness, she said people liked her because they knew “I’m fair and I like children and I adore my husband.”
Her signature style was always impeccable. Therefore, I have dressed her in a gorgeous silvery grey and white tweed suit with matching shoes. She wore an imitation peal necklace to the inauguration ball and set the fashion world on fire. She once joked that she started wearing three strands to cover the wrinkles in her neck. Whatever her reason, they became a part of her image, just as her white hair. FLOTUS 41 sports her signature three strand pearl necklace as well.
She was the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H.W. Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States, and founder to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
SH was also the Second Lady (wife of the Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Barbara Pierce was born on June 8, 1925, in New York City, to Pauline and Marvin Pierce. She and her three siblings were raised in a house on Onondaga Street in Rye. She attended Milton Public School from 1931 to 1937, Rye Country Day School until 1940, and later the boarding school Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1940 to 1943.
According to her White House profile, she met George Herbert Walker Bush at the age of sixteen, it was love at first sight, and the two married in 1945, while he was on leave during his deployment as a Naval officer in World War II.
After the war, George graduated from Yale, and they set out for Texas to start their lives together. Six children were born to them: George, Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. Among her six children are George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, and Jeb Bush , the 43rd governor of Florida. She and Abigail Adams are the only two women to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another. During their 44 years of marriage, Mrs. Bush managed 29 moves of the family.
When her husband was away, she became the head of the family, providing everything from discipline to carpools. The death of their daughter Robin from leukemia when she was not quite four left George and Barbara Bush with a lifelong compassion. She says, “Because of Robin, George and I love every living human more.”
Barbara Bush was always an asset to her husband during his campaigns for public office. Her friendly, forthright manner won her high marks from the voters and the press. As wife of the Vice President, she selected the promotion of literacy as her special cause. As First Lady, she called working for a more literate America the “most important issue we have.” Involved with many organizations devoted to this cause, she became Honorary Chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. A strong advocate of volunteerism, Mrs. Bush helped many causes–including the homeless, AIDS, the elderly, and school volunteer programs.
Barbara Pierce Bush, our adored former First Lady, passed away on April 17, 2018, at the age of 92