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Barbara Bush Tributes: 'She Led With Clarity, Character'

Barbara Bush Tributes: 'She Led With Clarity, Character'
Former first lady Barbara Bush 1925-2018 (Jack Milton/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:33 PM

Tributes to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, poured in from across the political spectrum.

Here are some of the remarks:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.:

"She wielded these formidable qualities on behalf of her nation, the family she loved, and the many worthy causes she supported.

"Advocates of literacy, in particular, have bid farewell to a generational champion for their efforts.

"But what really defined Barbara’s life was her deep love for her lucky husband George, for her family, and for the country."

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.:

"Barbara Bush holds a revered place in the hearts of generations of Americans.

"She so loved her family and our country. She led both with clarity and character. She shined a light on the power of a parent reading to a child.

"Her husband, our 41st president, wrote in his last days in office: 'History will show that she was beloved because she was real and she cared and she gave of herself.'

"Who could say it better?"

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

"Always a friend to Canada, Barbara Bush leaves a legacy of dignity, grace, service and devotion to family.

"Sophie and I send our deepest condolences to Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, their family, and to all Americans."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:

"Barbara raised a family of service and character, stood by her beloved husband in the best and worst of times, and spoke her convictions with courage and passion.

"The great first lady of our times.

"Ann and I will profoundly miss her friendship, her compassion, and the twinkle of her eye."

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate Republican Conference:

"Barbara Bush’s life was characterized by selfless dedication to the nation and to her family, multiple generations of which continue to serve the country they love.

"Throughout 73 years of marriage, she was former President Bush's rock."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.:

"Mrs. Bush personified grace and class as first lady and throughout her life. She will be missed."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:

"Tonight is a sad night for America.

"First lady Barbara Bush will be remembered for the dignity, civility and spirit she brought to everything she did.

"But most of all, everyone who knew Mrs. Bush saw her immense love for and pride in her family."

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.:

"Today our country lost a bright, caring, independent lady, and Honey and I lost a good friend.

"Barbara Bush set a wonderful example as wife, mom, first lady and advocate for adult literacy."

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio:

"There is a reason Barbara Bush was one of the most popular people in America.

"She was dignified, straightforward, and funny, and always well intentioned.

"She spoke her mind freely, and when she did most of us nodded our heads in agreement.

"One of only two women in history who was both first lady and the mother of a president, she has consistently used her role and influence in positive ways.

"She was a champion of empowering people through literacy and an eloquent voice for bipartisanship and national unity.

"She was devoted to her family, and her unconditional love for her children and her true partnership with George H.W. Bush in service to the country was an inspiration."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.:

"One of the greatest first ladies in the history of our nation has gone to her heavenly reward."

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas:

"She was as much a public servant as her husband and children: traveling the world as advisor and ambassador, campaigning for adult literacy programs at home, and, of course, making George Sr. eat his broccoli.

"And at the end of her life, Barbara Bush had no cause for regret.

"Indeed, she gave her family, the people of Texas, and all Americans a lifetime worth celebrating."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.:

"Our nation mourns the passing of former first lady Barbara Bush.

"She was a great woman, whose commitment to God and country inspired all Americans.

"Her legacy will live on through her family."

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.:

"Rest in peace, Barbara Bush.

"Your life was a blessing to every American.

"Thank you for your service, your leadership and your perseverance.

"Barbara Bush was truly one of a kind."

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.:

"Barbara Bush was a great American.

"She had a profound effect on so many Americans and always exemplified class and grace. RIP."

Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla.:

"Our hearts are heavy to hear about the passing of first lady Barbara Bush.

"She was an incredible first lady, wife, mother, grandmother, and role model for all Americans."

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel:

"Barbara Bush was known for her immeasurable kindness and generosity as first lady, mother, wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

"An entire nation loved her and admired her unfailing faith."

Others took to Twitter:

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Tributes to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, poured in from across the political spectrum, as Newsmax's Todd Beamon cobbles them together.
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