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Five Lessons on Marriage From Barbara Bush’s Extraordinary Life

Perhaps the most common word used to describe the marriage of former president George H.W. Bush to his wife Barbara is “storybook.” And storybook it was. They met at a dance in their teens, exchanged love letters throughout World War II, and most importantly, stay married until she died on Tuesday. They were married for 72 years. A marriage that long is worth examining even if it was ordinary, but theirs was anything but. He was a United States president for a term, their son was one for two, another was a candidate for the presidency, and two were governors. Their marriage was the longest in U.S. presidential history, and the passing of Barbara—long considered one of America’s matriarchs by those on both sides of the political aisle—offers a moment to reflect on a few of the lessons it can teach us Read More

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