Barbara Bush (born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925 in Flushing, Queens, New York City) is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush and former First Lady. Barbara attended Rye Country Day School, before enrolling in Ashley Hall boarding school in Charleston, South Carolina. She enjoyed swimming, tennis and bike riding as a youth. She met her future husband when they were teenagers. They became engaged as he went off to World War II as a Navy torpedo bomber. She dropped out of Smith College when he returned on leave and they were soon married. Barbara followed George as he completed his Navy career as well as his degree at Yale University. Barbara relocated with her family to Odessa, Texas, where the Bushes entered the oil business. In 1966, George would be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and Barbara became immersed in projects like charities and women’s groups while in D.C. Barbara became the Second Lady of the United States in 1980 when Ronald Reagan named George as his Vice President. In 1988, when George successfully ran for President, Barbara became First Lady. After George’s single term in office, Barbara supported her family, especially when her sons, George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, ran for public office.
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Barbara Bush is best known as the former First Lady and wife of George H. W. Bush.
Barbara has often said things that put her at odds with Republican views, as she has expressed pro-choice opinions and support for the Equal Rights Amendment. Barbara also got into trouble for her remarks about those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.