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Barbara Bush

Bush’s White House portrait (1990)
First Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 1989 â€“ January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Nancy Reagan
Succeeded by Hillary Clinton
Second Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 1981 â€“ January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Joan Mondale
Succeeded by Marilyn Quayle
Personal details
Born Barbara Pierce
(1925-06-08) June 8, 1925 (age 91)
Flushing, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) George H. W. Bush (1945–present)
Children

George
Robin
Jeb
Neil
Marvin
Dorothy

Alma mater Smith College
Religion Episcopalian

Suddenly women's lib had made me feel my life had been wasted.
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
Barbara Bush
One thing I can say about George… he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.
Barbara Bush
And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!
Barbara Bush
Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.
Barbara Bush
Life has changed enormously, and I hope – I hope more people read good things.
Barbara Bush
I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.
The state dinner is almost a formula, but you try to make it interesting. You try not to overload it with too many political types. You try to get a cross section.
Barbara Bush
The personal things should be left out of platforms at conventions. You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you're not going to change each other's minds. It's a waste of your time and my time.
Barbara Bush
I'm a little old-fashioned.
You try to do something every single day that will help an American or maybe someone overseas.
Barbara Bush
You get nothing done if you don't listen to each other.
You don't just luck into things as much as you would like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it is friendships or opportunities.
Barbara Bush
To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.
I don't like the blame game, though.
It seems to me I spent my life in car pools, but you know, that's how I kept track of what was going on.
Barbara Bush
You just don't luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.
Barbara Bush
My son, George, has been a bad, bad boy! Right, George?
The personal things should be left out of, in my opinion, out of platforms and conventions.
Barbara Bush
I don't think that's healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else's.
Barbara Bush
Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!
Barbara Bush
Three publishers came to me at the White House after George lost and said, 'We would like to publish your book.' I said, 'Well, I don't have a book,' and they said well it's a well known fact that you have kept diaries.
Barbara Bush
Everything I worry about would be better if more people could read, write and comprehend.
Barbara Bush
My health is very good.
I'm not a one-issue person.
I'm a great believer that the most important years are the sort of early years but the preschool years and then into the first and second grades. If you get a good base in the first and second grade and you can read, you can do anything.
Barbara Bush
Let's judge a man on what he's done.
You know, for one glorious half hour, I was the mother of the president-elect.
Barbara Bush
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.
Barbara Bush
My worst expectations never happened.
I really loved living in the White House, but I don't miss it at all.
I'm worried about parents who aren't parenting.
People who worry about their hair all the time, frankly, are boring.
Raising George Walker was not easy.
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.
Barbara Bush
I'm not a competitive person, and I think women like me because they don't think I'm competitive, just nice.
Barbara Bush
It was the dumbest thing I had ever seen, but it's a family thing, and I guess it's clean.
Barbara Bush
Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics.
I decided I ought to pick a project that would not be controversial, that would not really cost the government a lot of money.
Barbara Bush
You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.
Barbara Bush
Family and friends and faith are the most important things in your life and you should be building friendships.
Barbara Bush
I'm taking a vow not to advise.
I mean Afghanistan is a very rugged, complicated country.
Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They'll tell you.
Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.
Barbara Bush
I hate abortions, but just could not make that choice for someone else.
I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.
I don't like attacking.
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
Raising five boys is a handful, trust me.
Value your friendship. Value your relationships.
I hate the fact that people think 'compromise' is a dirty word.
I mean you can learn how to build a bullet or build a gun or build a bomb on the Internet.
Barbara Bush
You can't tell a 6-year-old your sister is going to die.
I really built myself up, darn it, to be very strong.
I have a pig valve.
Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not.
You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way.
Barbara Bush
The winner of the hoop race will be the first to realize her dream, not society's dream, her own personal dream.
Barbara Bush
Believe in something larger than yourself… get involved in the big ideas of your time.
Barbara Bush
Nobody likes a child to die or losing an election.
I'm not being outspoken or pro or con abortion.
Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that.
Barbara Bush
You know sit with your arm around a little kid and read. It not only teaches them to read but it keeps the family strong.
Barbara Bush
I'm not going to jump out of airplanes or anything like someone else I know.
Barbara Bush
If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.
Barbara Bush
I really feel very strongly that the person who runs for office is the courageous one, and the one who everybody has to know.
Barbara Bush
I'm tired now of the elections.
I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time.
Barbara Bush
I've done it all.
Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They're working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler.
Barbara Bush
If you are the wife of a governor or the wife of a vice president, I think you can be prepared for it.
Barbara Bush
Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.
Barbara Bush
I want to still be able to garden while I can bend over.