No matter our politics, most of us regarded Barbara Bush as a true First Lady. The wife of one president and the mother of another, Mrs. Bush’s beauty was always defined by her honesty and generosity. With no fillers, Botox, or plastic surgery to enhance her natural beauty, she rarely went out without a colorful lip and a beautiful smile. The Washington Post referred to her as “the antithesis of of glamour and excess,” saying, “She endeared herself to many with her droll frankness, boasting about her trademark triple-strand faux pearls and joking about her prematurely white hair.”
An early advocate for AIDS awareness (during a time in which the disease was horribly stigmatized), family literacy, and racial equality, Mrs. Bush was a pioneer in many issues. Bill Clinton called her “a remarkable woman.” “She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like,” he said, adding, “Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.” Barbara Pierce Bush passed away on Tuesday, April 17th at the age of 92.