George H.W. Bush, 93, breaks down sobbing at wife Barbara's funeral
A love letter, written to Barbara Bush, was read at her funeral by one of her sons. The note was written by her husband George H. W. Bush.
The letter was written on January 6, 1994, and it was a renewed declaration of George’s love for his wife. Barbara was buried on April 21, 2018, according to Pop Culture.
George appeared to break down during his wife Barbara's funeral on Saturday afternoon, as his son, Jeb Bush, read an old love letter aloud. The 41st President of the US sat in the front row of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.
Jeb read a eulogy which included a love letter that his father had written to his mother. In the note, George asked his wife if she would marry him.
Then it carried on to say that the former president had forgotten that they got married 49 years ago. Jeb read that it was the happiest day in his father’s life in 1945.
George admitted in the letter that his wife had given him a kind of joy that only a few men know. He added that she had made their sons into men by scolding them and then loving them right away.
The former President stated that his wife had helped Doro be the sweetest, greatest daughter in the whole wide world. ‘I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara's husband,’ Jeb read.
‘I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex about that fact. But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up.’
George H. W. Bush, Pop Culture, April 22, 2018
As he did so, George appeared to begin to shake abruptly with short, convulsive sobs in his seat. He seemed to be squeezing his eyes closed.
His tears drew the attention of his other children sitting beside him on the pew, including former President George W. Bush. Reporters in Texas said that George had found his own light-hearted way to pay tribute to his late wife's legacy.
Andrea Mitchell, an NBC News correspondent, tweeted that aides had revealed that George was known for his wildly festive socks. He paid tribute to his wife on Saturday by wearing what he called his 'book socks.
They were described as being beige with brightly colored images of books signifying Barbara's lifelong advocacy of literacy. Barbara was best known for her work in advancing universal literacy.
She described literacy as "the most important issue we have," and created the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy when she was the first lady. The organization sought to put an end to the generational cycle of illiteracy, especially in the US.
Her husband has released numerous statements in mourning of his wife. On Wednesday, he thanked the American public for the outpouring of condolences.
He stated that they had faith that she was in heaven, and they knew life would go on. George concluded that statement by asking people to cross the Bushes off their worry list.