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Quotes About the Marriage of Barbara and George Bush

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Photograph courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

President and Mrs. Bush at Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Maine.

Photograph courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Barbara about first seeing George: "I thought he was the most beautiful creature I had ever laid eyes on. I couldn't even breathe when he was in the room."
Source: Alice E. Anderson, Hadley V. Baxendale. Behind Every Successful President: The Hidden Power and Influence of America's First Ladies. 1992. pg. 5.

Barbara about her first kiss: "I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up."
Source: Alice E. Anderson, Hadley V. Baxendale. Behind Every Successful President: The Hidden Power and Influence of America's First Ladies. 1992. pg. 5.

Lewis L. Gould about their move to Texas: "Barbara Bush, at first reluctant to leave the East, later reflected that the move was probably good for her marriage and that she and her husband were forced to grow up quickly."
Source: Lewis L. Gould. American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy. 2001. pg. 411.

George about his CIA job: "For the first time in our married life, we couldn't speak freely about how things were going at the office. Barbara and I spent a lot more time at home talking about family, friends, and personal matters."
Source: Alice E. Anderson, Hadley V. Baxendale. Behind Every Successful President: The Hidden Power and Influence of America's First Ladies. 1992. pg. 15.

Barbara about her depression in 1976: "He [George] would suggest that I get professional help and that would send me into a deeper gloom. He was working such incredibly long hours at his job [CIA], and I swore to myself I would not burden him. Then he would come home and I would tell him all about it. Night after night, George held me weeping in his arms while i tried to explain my feelings. Sometimes I wonder why he didn't leave me."
Source: Kati Marton. Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History. 2001. pg. 290.

Barbara about their marriage: "I think we grew together. I think that when you have a child die and you survive, and you've been through a war and you survive, and you build a business and you survive, you either grow apart or together. We always turned to each other."
Source: Alice E. Anderson, Hadley V. Baxendale. Behind Every Successful President: The Hidden Power and Influence of America's First Ladies. 1992. pg. 23.

Barbara after 100 days as First Lady: "One thing I learned in married life: you don't really advise. I don't fool around in George Bush's office, and he doesn't fool around with my household."
Source: Alice E. Anderson, Hadley V. Baxendale. Behind Every Successful President: The Hidden Power and Influence of America's First Ladies. 1992. pg. 27.

Kati Marton: "Barbara Bush's chosen image of herself as a mild, white-haired grandmother was deceptive; a sharper politician than her husband, she was his tart-tongued sounding board and his first line of defense in private and public."
Source: Kati Marton. Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History. 2001. pg. 8.

Barbara about having differences of opinion: "We have a good arrangement: I tell him what I think, and he tells me what he thinks, and then we are united ... We kid each other about our difference."
Source: Alice E. Anderson, Hadley V. Baxendale. Behind Every Successful President: The Hidden Power and Influence of America's First Ladies. 1992. pg. 28.

Resources:

Alice E. Anderson, Hadley V. Baxendale. Behind Every Successful President: The Hidden Power and Influence of America's First Ladies. 1992.
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Lewis L. Gould. American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy. 2001.
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Kati Marton. Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History. 2001.
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