What we’re seeing as Americans since the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, is a political reality which may be unique to our country.
Since her passing at the age of 93 earlier this week, current and former political leaders from the left right and middle have been lavish with their praises for her work as first lady, her devotion to her family, work for literacy and on behalf of those afflicted by AIDS.
At least some of these people were, during her life, critical of her silver spoon upbringing, her open faith, and her devotion to her presidential husband and son and the rest of her family.
It’s interesting to note that she never stopped acting like a first lady, even after George H. W. left office to retire to their home inTexas.
I was interested to learn that her parents met at Miami University here in Ohio, and that her 73-year marriage to her husband was the longest ever for a first family.
She commented during an interview with NPR some years ago that she wasn’t afraid to die because she knew where she’d be headed.
That’s a great way to look at the end of life.
That’s the way I see it.