President Obama sent his wishes for a speedy recovery to former First Lady Barbara Bush yesterday, according to ABC News, Jan. 1, 2014. Mrs. Bush is in the hospital in Houston, Texas after coming down with pneumonia. In his statement, President Obama also made reference to Barbara's good fortune in having a gracious family by her side:
“Michelle and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery. Barbara is blessed to have both a loving, supportive family by her side and a vibrant spirit that we hope will have her feeling better soon.”
Former President Bill Clinton also extended his best wishes to Mrs. Bush in a tweet and referenced the fact that the former First Lady is banking on Baylor:
"I'll be rooting for Barbara Bush's full recovery while she's rooting for Baylor today. All my best to her and @GeorgeHWBush." 8:16 AM - 1 Jan 2014
Barbara Bush earned a reputation as a very outspoken and sometimes self-effacing First Lady when her husband was President in the late 1980's and early 1990's. She made light of the fact that she looked older than her husband, the President, by joking that she was at various fund-raising public events "with her son." One time when asked what she thought of the White House, she said that she liked it because it was the first stable home that she and her husband had lived in for years because they always were moving around.
On the subject of abortion, Barbara Bush said, "I'm not being outspoken or pro or con abortion."
Barbara Bush made it a rule, usually, to stay out of politics; but once in awhile she would throw in a tid bit or two, such as her opinion on compromise:
"I hate the fact that people think 'compromise' is a dirty word."
This author's favorite Barbara Bush quote is her statement about family togetherness:
"At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent."
Barbara has a very loving, supportive family and we hope and pray for a quick recovery.