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Former first lady Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush, founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She is also George W. Bush's mother.
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Watch a short video about Barbara Bush and learn how this woman met and married the man that would become the 41st president of the United States.
In 1948 Barbara and George H.W. Bush moved to Odessa, Texas where they would try and make it on their own.
Barbara Bush became secretly engaged to George H.W. Bush in the summer of 1943 and the Bush family immediately became close to Barbara.
After many years experience in the political arena, Barbara Bush helped her husband George reach for the highest office in the United States.
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Even her 1988 diagnosis of Graves's disease failed to deter her commitment to public service. In 1989, the year her husband was sworn in as president of the United States, Bush started her own literacy organization, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $42 million to literacy organizations across the United States.
When her husband lost the 1992 presidential election, instead of dwelling on her disappointment,
Barbara redoubled her dedication to public service.
In 2000, Bush beamed with pride as her son George W. Bush followed in his father's footsteps, and was elected president. In 2004, her pride was bolstered when he was re-elected for a second term. More recently, Bush has provided support for Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign. Residing with her husband in Houston, Texas, she has remained active in the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy while working on her autobiography and serving as a board member of AmeriCares.
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