Known for her pearls, her premature white hair and her down to earth demeanor, Mrs. Bush was both a product of her era and a woman standing on her own two feet.
Though she was the wife and mother of two Republican Presidents, she not only saw the humanity in others, but was also bipartisan enough to cut through the Washington b*llsh*t. She advocating for both literacy and for AIDS patients in an era when AIDS carried a stigma of economic and social isolation.
Multiple tributes have poured out over the last two days, but my favorite is from one of her granddaughters, Jenna Bush Hager.
To have your grandparents around as your growing up creates an experience that has no rivals. But have your grandparents around when your an adult is an experience that is be cherished.
RIP Barbara Bush. May her memory be a blessing to everyone who knew her and loved her.