Barbara Bush: First Grandmother    (pictured here in her Inaugural Gown, 1989) Pre-inaugural stories often contrasted Barbara Bush, with her trademark costume pearl necklace and non-designer wardrobe, and the elegant Nancy Reagan. Profiles mentioned Mrs. Bush’s years of experience as the wife of a diplomat and vice president, but concentrated on the image of the down-to-earth grandmother with the sharp sense of humor, more interested in her family than fashion. Friends predicted that the…

Barbara Bush: First Grandmother (pictured here in her Inaugural Gown, 1989) Pre-inaugural stories often contrasted Barbara Bush, with her trademark costume pearl necklace and non-designer wardrobe, and the elegant Nancy Reagan. Profiles mentioned Mrs. Bush’s years of experience as the wife of a diplomat and vice president, but concentrated on the image of the down-to-earth grandmother with the sharp sense of humor, more interested in her family than fashion. Friends predicted that the…

Official White House Portrait of Barbara Pierce Bush (by Herbert E. Abrams of Warren, Connecticut) ~ the 41st First Lady of the United States, wife of George Herbert Walker Bush (1989 - 1993).  Barbara Bush was the 1st First Lady to write a memoir from her dog's perspective.

Official White House Portrait of Barbara Pierce Bush (by Herbert E. Abrams of Warren, Connecticut) ~ the 41st First Lady of the United States, wife of George Herbert Walker Bush (1989 - 1993). Barbara Bush was the 1st First Lady to write a memoir from her dog's perspective.

Six First Ladies. Seated L to R: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Rosalynn Carter, and Betty Ford.  Standing: Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush. Via George H. Bush Presidential Library

Six First Ladies. Seated L to R: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Rosalynn Carter, and Betty Ford. Standing: Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush. Via George H. Bush Presidential Library

A sweet moment between President George Bush and Barbara Bush. Wonderful, precious people.

A sweet moment between President George Bush and Barbara Bush. Wonderful, precious people.

Only two women in history have been the wife of one United States president and the mother of another. The first was Abigail Smith Adams; her husband, John Adams, was elected in 1796 and her son, John Quincy Adams, in 1824. The second was Barbara Pierce Bush

Only two women in history have been the wife of one United States president and the mother of another. The first was Abigail Smith Adams; her husband, John Adams, was elected in 1796 and her son, John Quincy Adams, in 1824. The second was Barbara Pierce Bush

A beautiful wedding photo of Barbara and George H.W. Bush, taken 71 years ago on January 6, 1945.

A beautiful wedding photo of Barbara and George H.W. Bush, taken 71 years ago on January 6, 1945.

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