How Americans Are Paying Tribute To Barbara Bush

"Barbara Bush holds a revered place in the hearts of generations of Americans."

Few people have made quite as indelible a mark on the United States as former first lady Barbara Bush did. Her death was announced by her husband and former president George H.W. Bush's office late Tuesday evening. It followed a weekend statement that she would not seek further treatment despite illness, choosing instead to spend her final days at home.

In response to the news of the former first lady's death, a number of American political figures and peers shared personal tributes to the Republican matriarch known for her wit and her devotion to American literacy.

Here's how Americans who shared her dedication to public service are paying tribute.

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Former president and son George Bush: "Barbara Bush was a fantastic first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions."

Former governor and son Jeb Bush: "I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of... the force of nature known as Barbara Bush. "

President Donald Trump: "Among her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection."

Former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama: "We're even more grateful for the way she lived her life - as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling."

Former president Bill Clinton: "She had grit & grace, brains & beauty... she showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like."

Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright: "Barbara Bush was a woman of incredible determination, wit, and compassion."

House Speaker Paul Ryan: "Barbara Bush holds a revered place in the hearts of generations of Americans."

Cover image via Shutterstock / mark reinstein.

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