Saturday, April 21, 2018
Clintons and Obamas Bid Farewell to Barbara Bush
Four former POTUSes in one tight shot.
It was solemn and joyful. There were tears, and there was laughter. The grandsons were pallbearers. The granddaughters read scripture with remarkable poise and composure though their grief was evident. There were three former first ladies along with Melania Trump. There were four former presidents, the eldest being her bereaved spouse who sported a special pair of socks in honor of her commitment to literacy promotion.
Jon Meacham, Jeb Bush, and Susan Garret Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James Baker and Barbara's good friend, all read eulogies.
Representatives of the Johnson and Nixon families were present. Media did not supply names but Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox are my guesses as they are the usual representatives at formal occasions. Chelsea Clinton also attended.
It was a moment in history, non-partisan, unified, and respectful in honor of a former first lady with a quick wit, sharp tongue, and many friends and fans of every stripe.
It was a traditional Episcopal service with beautiful music chosen by Barbara Bush herself.
And thus Barbara Pierce Bush, originally of Rye, NY and a Texas transplant as were so many Navy wives after World War II, was sent to her eternal rest by those who loved her.
The Secret Service posted this. Her agents remained with her until her casket was in the ground.
Our hearts go out to the Bush family, and particularly the former president, her spouse of 73 years, George H.W. Bush.