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Statements on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Statement of Senator Robert Dole and Senator Elizabeth Dole on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush
Last night, America lost a national treasure. Former First Lady Barbara Bush was dedicated to her family, devoted to her country, and inspired millions of Americans with her grace, dignity and humor. Few families have defined American politics as much as the Bushes, and as the matriarch and “enforcer,” Barbara instilled strong patriotic values within her family and across the nation. From championing literacy initiatives while in the White House, to her vocal and steadfast support of military families, Mrs. Bush lived a life of selfless public service. Our deepest condolences to our dear friend President George H.W. Bush, and the entire Bush family.

Statement from Dole Institute director Bill Lacy
Barbara Bush was a classy lady in every sense of the word and a wonderful person. Though I didn’t get the opportunity to know her well, I was always impressed with her support of her family, her presence and her political insight. She was a terrific First Lady and she will be missed.

Dole Institute director Bill Lacy worked with Vice President George H.W. Bush in the Reagan White House, and later on his two presidential campaigns in 1988 and 1992

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