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George HW Bush's Personal Aide Recalled His Perfect Exchange with Wife Barbara in a New Read

Olawale Ogunjimi
Mar 10, 2020
03:00 P.M.
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The former first couple, George H.W and Barbara Bush shared a love that echoed through time. A moment from their epic love story was detailed in a new book that recorded the powerful wisdom the former first lady shared with others in her lifetime. 


Former US President George H.W Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, were married for 73 years, and the two shared their golden love till the end.

Barbara Bush watching on as she attends the Republican National Convention, at the Xcel Energy Center, on September 2, 2008, in St. Paul, Minnesota | Source: Getty Images


In the new book, titled "Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice(That Go a Long Way)," the exchange between the first couple shortly before Barbara's death was documented, and it was "perfect."

A personal aide to Bush, Evan Sisley spoke of the nature of the relationship between the former president and his wife towards the end of their lives. Sisley recalled that the two lovebirds were,

"still playful and liked to poke fun at each other in their 90's."

Former U.S. president George H. W. Bush and wife, Barbara Bush, cruise in the back of a golf cart with their dog Millie at their home at Walker's Point August 25, 2004 | Photo: Getty Images


In the book, the aide also recounted a moment where Barbara Bush walked in on her husband while he played with a nebulizer device for his breathing treatment; he pretended it was a pipe.

The first lady said to her husband, "George, you must really shut your mouth," to which the president replied, 

"What's good for the goose is good for the gander." 


What really describes the kind of love that the two shared is the exchange that the former first couple had the day before Barbara died in 2018. 

Sisley explained that Gorge H.W Bush wanted to communicate to his beloved wife that he fully grasped that she wasn't going to be around for much longer and that "it was going to be Ok." In his recall of the day before Barbara's death, Sisley said,

"[George] went into the living room and said, 'Bar, I'm not worried about you.'"

George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara Bush arrive at the swearing in ceremony for their son U.S. President George W. Bush January 20, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images


In response to the president's unusual assurance of a deep love for his wife, 92-year-old Barbara Bush replied, "I'm not worried about you either, George."

This exchange, which the aide described as "perfect," is an indication of the devotion that the two gave to one another. 

In the course of their life spent together, the duo would always end every night with assuring words of love that implied that they loved one another, "more than the tongue can tell." 

George H W Bush and wife, Barbara, at the VCU-Butler game of the men's NCAA Final Four semifinal basketball game in Houston, Texas, Saturday, April 2, 2011 | Photo: Getty Images


It seems the heavens knew that the two were inseparable as the former president passed away eight months after his wife did. 

In Sisley's praise of the late first lady, he explained that she was the perfect example of a devoted spouse who believed in showing her love as opposed to just saying words. 

The new book, "Pearls of Wisdom" is a compilation of helpful insights from the former first lady as detailed by her friends and family. 

George H. Bush and Barbara Bush at the Republican National Convention September 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden | Photo: Getty Images


The mother of six and grandmother of seventeen was known to grace the camera with a bright smile that complemented her signature pearly necklace.

Barbara's six children include former US president George W. Bush and former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. One of the pieces of advice Barbara shares in the book through the recounts of her granddaughter is,

"Treat everyone equally, don't look down on anyone, use your voices for good, read all the great books."

Among the many others that shared wisdom from Barbara Bush include family members, colleagues, and friends.