Barbara Bush, RIP

The sad news:

Barbara Bush, in what her spokesman called failing health, had traded further medical treatments for comfort care at home —that included the “alert” 92-year-old former first lady enjoying phone calls, conversation and bourbon.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Office of George H. W. Bush confirmed her death, saying in a statement, “A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.”

Hours before her death, the Bushes’ longtime friend Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, who was White House counsel to Barbara’s husband of 73 years, former president George H.W. Bush, told PEOPLE: “Some of the recent emails indicate she is not quite ready to sign off. She’s answering all of her phone calls herself.”

Now that reminds me of mom – a few weeks before she died, we had all been called out because it was thought she was dying at that time. By the time I had driven from Vegas to LA, she had already stamped and shouted enough to be taken home that my brother was just getting her back into her bed when I arrived. I went in to see her and she looked like death warmed over. I – everyone – thought it was the end. So, we started the vigil…which mostly worked out to sitting around the kitchen table not talking. After a couple hours, I hear a rustle down the hall and there was mom, staggering a bit as she walked into the kitchen. She said not a word, but went to the cabinet, grabbed a large cup and topped it off with vodka. She then looked around at all of us with a “what the F are you guys doing here?” look and then tottered off to her room.

Barbara Bush was a great, strong lady – an excellent First Lady and a credit to the name “American”. My prayers for the repose of her soul and the comfort of the Bush family.

14 thoughts on “Barbara Bush, RIP

  1. Retired Spook April 18, 2018 / 9:10 am

    Neat lady. I’ll miss her more than her husband when he finally joins her.

  2. Amazona April 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

    I always had the highest regard for Barbara. I met a man who had been hired to redo all the HVAC at the White House when she was First Lady. Over the years, the changes in the house and the addition of bulletproof glass, etc. had made the heating, cooling and ventilation a mess, and he had the right security clearances to work there. He was told in no uncertain terms that if the president or first lady were to enter any area where he was, he was not to say anything but just leave. One day Barbara Bush came into a hallway where he was working and when he tried to slip away she went up to him, spoke to him, introduced herself and started a conversation. When he told her he had been instructed not to talk to anyone in the Bush family she said nonsense, and was charming and gracious. He thought she was wonderful, and I always remembered that story when I thought of her. She was a class act.

  3. Cluster April 18, 2018 / 10:44 am

    Barbara was a class act – she had a quiet dignity about her that is a lost quality anymore. She reminded me of my grandmother – firm, no nonsense, great sense of humor, and a love and respect for everyone. RIP

    On another note – it seems that rich Democrats don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes

    Very wealthy Californians earning more than $1 million a year will pay the lion’s share of that money, with 43,000 of them paying a combined $9 billion…..Gov. Jerry Brown called it “evil in the extreme,” arguing that it primarily benefits wealthy people and swells federal deficits by hundreds of billions of dollars………He also said in January that he’s worried that the changes will provide an incentive for wealthy Californians to leave the state,

    But if the tax bill “primarily benefits wealthy people”, why would they leave?

  4. Cluster April 18, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I am in full support of Nikki Haley as our first woman President.

    • Amazona April 18, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      At least you are consistent. Nikki Haley is the third person who is not eligible for the presidency you have backed for the office: Her, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal.

      • Cluster April 18, 2018 / 1:44 pm

        LOL hey consistency is a good thing. Haley is a tough, smart, principled woman so she probably couldn’t get elected any way …..

      • Amazona April 18, 2018 / 2:53 pm

        I agree. I am a big Haley fan. I’m just a bigger fan of the Constitution.

      • Retired Spook April 18, 2018 / 2:31 pm

        With the number of intelligent, capable offspring of immigrants who have gotten into politics at the national level, I could see a time when there will be a constitutional amendment to change the definition of “natural born citizen” to someone who was born in this country to parents who were, at a minimum, legal residents of this country and/or engaged in the citizenship process, or to change the requirement for President and Vice President to “native born citizen.”

      • Amazona April 18, 2018 / 2:59 pm

        That is certainly a possibility, but it still wouldn’t address the concerns of the Founders—that a president be the offspring (in those days presumed to be a son) of parents or at least a father who had loyalties to another nation. People who have become naturalized citizens have shown loyalty to the United States, or at least a presumption of loyalty. We suffered through eight years of a president whose parents and the family he grew up with, his grandparents, all hated the United States, and though an immigrant might not hate this country if he still has emotional loyalty to his home nation that could very easily influence his children.

        I lean the opposite direction from you, actually—–I think we need to revisit the 14th Amendment and get rid of the concept that merely being born here conveys citizenship. Yes, we might lose some good presidential candidates, but I think in the long run we would be a much stronger nation for it–you have to be born to citizens or be naturalized to be a US citizen, period. State and local governments have a bigger need, in my mind, that the presidential level of those intelligent and capable offspring of people who were in the United States when their children were born.

  5. Cluster April 19, 2018 / 8:29 am


    “I think for two years or four years or five years, Michael Cohen would be a stand-up guy. I think he’d tell them go piss up a rope. But depending on dollars involved, which can be a big driver, or if they look at him and say it’s not two to four years, it’s 18 to 22, then how loyal is he?” said one defense lawyer who represents a senior Trump aide in Mueller’s Russia investigation.

    “Is he two years loyal? Is he 10 years loyal? Is he 15 years loyal?” the attorney added. “That’s the currency. It’s not measured in inches. It’s measured in years.”

    No crime has been identified. No crime has been found. Yet, deep state hacks are determining how long of a prison sentence needs to be threatened in order to gain cooperation.

    If federal prosecutors have this kind of latitude, then sadly I think America is becoming just another shithole authoritarian country. The mantra of my generation was “Question Authority” and I think that needs to be done more than ever these days. Question the courts. Question government. Question state and federal agencies. Question them all and hold THEM accountable.

    • Amazona April 19, 2018 / 10:16 am

      “…deep state hacks are determining how long of a prison sentence needs to be threatened in order to gain cooperation.”

      Which leads us to the next logical question, which is what, exactly, does “cooperation” look like? Does it involve violation of attorney-client privilege? Does it involve inventing what the persecutors prosecutors want to hear? Does it involve coming up with something juicy about something not related to the current investigation (hard as it is to imagine anything NOT related to the current investigation, given its constantly expanding scope) so Mueller et al can continue their wilding?

  6. Cluster April 19, 2018 / 8:41 am

    And then there is this:

    The father of Imran Awan — an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made “unauthorized access” to House servers — transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the father’s ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged.

    • Amazona April 19, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Yet the howling mob will still screech, and have its screeches repeated by the Complicit Agenda Media and lunatics like Cory Booker, that whatever anyone ever learned about the DNC came from electronic hacking by the Russians. Working for Donald Trump, of course. This in spite of the repeated statements from WikiLeaks that they received what they got in a person-to-person handoff in a DC park of records physically copied by a person within the DNC, and the repeated reports of the Dem House hiring its own in-house spies who funneled DNC work onto an illegal server they then “lost” and now we hear onto at least one USB drive delivered to a former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency.

      • Cluster April 19, 2018 / 5:56 pm

        I wonder what Seth Rich has to say? Oh that’s right.

        But the Trump administration is the real threat to our democracy. And a staggering number of people believe this.

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