John Sununu: Barbara Bush a 'Great Lady'

Marsha Scott
April 17, 2018

CNN reported Sunday that the 92-year-old is in failing health and is being cared for in her Houston home and is with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush.

Having battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure for some time, the former first lady made a decision to focus on comfort care instead of seeking medical care for her ailments.

See photos of Barbara Bush from her late teens through her time as first lady and into her life after the White House.

The premature news story came in the wake of an announcement the former first lady was in declining health.

Bush, the wife of one US president and the mother of a second, made the decision following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, according to McGrath.

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"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she told the magazine. "But I think the fact that they are together in this and he still says "I love you Barbie" every night is pretty remarkable".

Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, was also a mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams.

In years past, Barbara Bush has suffered from Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday, according to Politico. Along the journey, they had six children. It's understood she has declined further medical care. Her well documented work with children and children's charities was a common theme. George HW Bush also has had health issues in recent years. He has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.

On April 15, CBS News accidentally published an obituary for Barbara Bush.

While in the public eye, Barbara Bush was always a fierce advocate of her husband and children. The foundation partners with local programs and has awarded more than $40 million to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.

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