McMorris Rodgers Mourns the Passing of First Lady Barbara Bush 

Apr 17, 2018
“Your success as a family… our success as a nation… depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”
                                                                                                     – Former First Lady Barbara Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 17, 2018) – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement mourning the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

“The First Lady’s life ended the way she lived it — with grace. To say Mrs. Bush was a beloved First Lady would be to dramatically understate her importance to this country and to a generation of Americans. As America emerged from decades of Cold War, President and Mrs. Bush were symbols of strength, ushering in a new era of prosperity and American leadership.  She was witty and feisty, and did tremendous work encouraging young Americans to read — even writing a children’s book of her own. She was a leader in her own right, and as a young woman working in the Washington state legislature during the first Bush presidency, I looked up to her as an example of true class and character.

“At a complicated time in our country, we can all learn from Mrs. Bush’s legacy. The love she had for her country was only surpassed by her love for her family. This is an incredible loss for our nation, and my prayers for peace are with her husband, President George H.W. Bush, and the entire Bush family. May God bless you today and always.”

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