February 1, 2011 by staff
Barbara Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush (born June 8, 1925) is the wife of the 41st U.S. president George HW Bush and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She is the mother of the 43rd President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush 43rd. previously; she served as Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Barbara Pierce was born in Flushing; New York attended Rye Country Day School from 1931 to 1937, and attended boarding school in South Carolina. She met George Herbert Walker Bush, 16, and the two married in 1945, when he was on leave during her deployment as a Navy officer in World War II. They have six children. The Bush family soon moved to Midland, Texas, George Bush entered politics, Barbara raised their children.
As the wife of vice-president and president, Barbara Bush has supported and worked to advance the cause of universal literacy. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy as the First Lady. Since leaving the White House, she continued to advance this cause.
One of the Bush twins breaks the ranks of the family on gay marriage.
Barbara Bush, a former president George W. Bush ‘s twin daughters, made a video for the Human Rights Campaign urging New York to legalize gay marriage.
“I’m Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality,” said Bush, who lives in Manhattan. “New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person they love. ”
His father opposed gay marriage during her two terms in the White House.
Barbara Bush, who started a nonprofit group focused on global health, rarely speaks on political issues the U.S., making her foray into the debate on same-sex marriage so striking. But for years, relatives say, she was surrounded by friend’s gays – at Yale, where she was undergraduate, and New York, where she worked in the design world.
Brian C. Smith, a college friend who is gay, said that Yale’s inhabited Mrs. Bush was filled with students openly gay, and without regard to questions about sexuality. “She had that mindset,” he said. “She was loved by the gay community at Yale.”
The members of the Bush family seemed uneager to discuss her entry into the marriage debate. Mrs. Bush has declined an interview request. A spokesman for Mr. Bush said he had no comment. Her sister, Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for “Today” has not publicly discussed the topic.
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