People set politics aside Tuesday evening following news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died, wishing the family well and offering condolences.
“She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Bush,” President Donald Trump said in a statement.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also issued a statement, in which they said Bush was “a remarkable woman.”
“She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory,” the statement said.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine also remembered Bush’s devotion to family and efforts to improve literacy.
“For decades, Barbara Bush’s wit, wisdom, and devotion to family have earned her the admiration of millions of Americans. Her literacy efforts have improved the lives of individuals and families and will continue to do so for generations. Anne and I offer our condolences to the Bush Family and all who are grieving,” Kaine said in a statement.
Bush was only the second woman in American history to have had a husband — George H.W. Bush — and a son — George W. Bush — elected President (Abigail Adams was the first).